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[nahy-truh-glis-er-in] /ˌnaɪ trəˈglɪs ər ɪn/
noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology.
a colorless, thick, oily, flammable, highly explosive, slightly water-soluble liquid, C 3 H 5 N 3 O 9 , prepared from glycerol with nitric and sulfuric acids: used chiefly as a constituent of dynamite and other explosives, in rocket propellants, and in medicine as a vasodilator in the treatment of angina pectoris.
Also, nitroglycerine
[nahy-truh-glis-er-in, -uh-reen] /ˌnaɪ trəˈglɪs ər ɪn, -əˌrin/ (Show IPA)
Also called glonoin, glyceryl trinitrate, trinitroglycerin.
Origin of nitroglycerin
1855-60; nitro- + glycerin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At ninety-five he knew the nitroglycerin would take fire, probably explode, and nothing could save it.

    Careers of Danger and Daring Cleveland Moffett
  • Maybe—but so is picric acid; so is nitroglycerin; and so is pure gold.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • Triturate the spirit of nitroglycerin with the red fat sugar and permit the alcohol to evaporate.

    Candy Medication Bernard Fantus
  • There was also a five-pound bottle of nitroglycerin standing on the bench.

    Dynamite Stories Hudson Maxim
  • The use of nitroglycerin is based on the theory that seizures are caused by anmia due to vasomotor constriction.

  • There is just as much acid after the glycerin is turned into nitroglycerin as there was before.

  • Nobel's invention, "cordite," is composed of nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose with a little mineral jelly or vaseline.

    Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
  • He went to his satchel again and took out a bottle of white tablets marked "nitroglycerin."

    The Unknown Quantity Henry van Dyke
  • The nitroglycerin in exploding decomposes into steam, carbonic acid, nitrogen, and oxygen.

nitroglycerin in Medicine

nitroglycerin ni·tro·glyc·er·in or ni·tro·glyc·er·ine (nī'trō-glĭs'ər-ĭn, -trə-)
A thick, pale yellow liquid that is explosive on concussion or exposure to sudden heat, used as a vasodilator in medicine.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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nitroglycerin in Science
A thick, pale-yellow, explosive liquid formed by treating glycerin with nitric and sulfuric acids. It is used to make dynamite and in medicine to dilate blood vessels. Chemical formula: C3H5N3O9.
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