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pentaerythritol tetranitrate

noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology
1.
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.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
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pentaerythritol tetranitrate

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

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