Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?

pentaerythritol tetranitrate

noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology
a white, crystalline, water-insoluble, explosive solid, C 5 H 8 N 4 O 1 2 , used chiefly as a high explosive and as a vasodilator in treating angina pectoris.
Also called PETN.
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for pentaerythritol tetra nitrate

pentaerythritol tetranitrate

a highly explosive organic compound belonging to the same chemical family as nitroglycerin-i.e., the nitric acid esters of polyalcohols.

Learn more about pentaerythritol tetranitrate with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pentaerythritol tetranitrate

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pentaerythritol

Scrabble Words With Friends