pentaerythritol tetra-nitrate

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. 2014.
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