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[sahy-kluh-nahyt, sik-luh-] /ˈsaɪ kləˌnaɪt, ˈsɪk lə-/
noun, Chemistry
1920-25; cyclo- + (tri)nit(ro-) + (amin)e Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cyclo nite


a white crystalline insoluble explosive prepared by the action of nitric acid on hexamethylenetetramine; cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine: used in bombs and shells. Formula: C3H6N6O6
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C20: from cyclo- + (trimethylene-tri)nit(ramin)e
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powerful explosive, discovered by Georg Friedrich Henning of Germany and patented in 1898 but not used until World War II, when most of the warring powers introduced it. Relatively safe and inexpensive to manufacture, RDX was produced on a large scale in the United States by a secret process developed in the United States and Canada. The name RDX was coined by the British. This name was accepted in the United States, although the name cyclonite was also commonly used there. The Germans called it hexogen, and the Italians called it T4

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