nitroglycerin

[nahy-truh-glis-er-in]
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] .
Also called glonoin, glyceryl trinitrate, trinitroglycerin.


Origin:
1855–60; nitro- + glycerin

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nitroglycerine or nitroglycerin (ˌnaɪtrəʊˈɡlɪsəˌriːn, -ˈɡlɪsərɪn)
 
n
Also called: trinitroglycerine a pale yellow viscous explosive liquid substance made from glycerol and nitric and sulphuric acids and used in explosives, and in medicine as a vasodilator. Formula: CH2NO3CHNO3CH2NO3
 
nitroglycerin or nitroglycerin
 
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nitroglycerine
"explosive oily liquid," 1857, from nitro-, comb. form of nitric acid + glycerine. So called because it was obtained by treating glycerine with nitric and sulfuric acids.
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nitroglycerin ni·tro·glyc·er·in or ni·tro·glyc·er·ine (nī'trō-glĭs'ər-ĭn, -trə-)
n.
A thick, pale yellow liquid that is explosive on concussion or exposure to sudden heat, used as a vasodilator in medicine.

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nitroglycerin   (nī'trō-glĭs'ər-ĭn)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Cordite was made by combining two high explosives nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine.
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