- Chemistry. containing the nitro group.
Origin of nitro
- a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which the nitro group is present: nitroglycerin.
Origin of nitro-
Examples from the Web for nitro
Bigger than if a nitro truck had blown up, which was his first thought.And Then the Town Took Off
After it is washed out the nitro is left apparently unchanged.
This was merely the reaction from the pain of the shell's entrance; the nitro had not as yet exploded.Seed of the Arctic Ice
H. G. Winter
Before putting on suits, Banner sent Arnold to the locker to get the three nitro paks.Unspecialist
Murray F. Yaco
The salts of the carbonyl acids and other acid phenol dyes are but little suitable: and least of all, the nitro dyes.Histology of the Blood
- slang short for nitroglycerine
before a vowel nitr-
- indicating that a chemical compound contains a nitro group, -NO 2nitrobenzene
- indicating that a chemical compound is a nitrate esternitrocellulose
Word Origin and History for nitro
abbreviation of nitroglycerine, 1935, slang.
before vowels nitr-, word-forming element used scientifically and indicating "nitrogen, nitrate" or "nitric acid," from comb. form of Greek nitron (see nitre).
- Nitrate; nitrogen:nitrogenase.
- Containing the univalent radical NO2:nitrous.