nitrogen tetroxide

noun Chemistry.
a poisonous compound, N 2 O 4 , occurring as a colorless, water-soluble solid or liquid, dissociating into NO 2 : used chiefly as an oxidizer, especially in rocket fuels, as a nitrating agent, and as an intermediate in the manufacture of nitric acid.
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nitrogen tetroxide
 
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1.  another name for dinitrogen tetroxide
2.  a brown liquefied mixture of nitrogen dioxide and dinitrogen tetroxide, used as a nitrating, bleaching, and oxidizing agent

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Nitrogen tetroxide and nitric acid are also reactive agents that can oxidize otherwise resistant polymers.
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