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Chemistry. a yellow, crystalline, water-insoluble, flammable solid, C 7 H 5 N 3 O 6 , derived from toluene by nitration, a high explosive unaffected by ordinary friction or shock: used chiefly in military and other explosive devices, and as an intermediate in the preparation of dye-stuffs and photographic chemicals.
Also, T.N.T.
Also called trinitrotoluene, trinitrotoluol, methyltrinitrobenzene, trotyl.


Origin:
1910–15

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2,4,6-trinitrotoluene; a yellow solid: used chiefly as a high explosive and is also an intermediate in the manufacture of dyestuffs. Formula: CH3C6H2(NO2)3

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TNT
1915, abbreviation of trinitrotoluene (1908).
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TNT   (tē'ěn-tē')  Pronunciation Key 
Short for trinitrotoluene. A yellow, crystalline compound used mainly as an explosive. As it can only explode by means of a detonator and is not affected by shock, it is safe to handle and is used especially in munitions and for demolitions. Chemical formula: C7H5N3O6.
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  1. trinitrotoluene

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