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nitroglycerin

[nahy-truh-glis-er-in] /ˌnaɪ trəˈglɪs ər ɪn/
noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology.
1.
a colorless, thick, oily, flammable, highly explosive, slightly water-soluble liquid, C 3 H 5 N 3 O 9 , prepared from glycerol with nitric and sulfuric acids: used chiefly as a constituent of dynamite and other explosives, in rocket propellants, and in medicine as a vasodilator in the treatment of angina pectoris.
Also, nitroglycerine
[nahy-truh-glis-er-in, -uh-reen] /ˌnaɪ trəˈglɪs ər ɪn, -əˌrin/ (Show IPA)
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Also called glonoin, glyceryl trinitrate, trinitroglycerin.
Origin of nitroglycerin
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; nitro- + glycerin
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  • Maybe—but so is picric acid; so is nitroglycerin; and so is pure gold.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • There was also a five-pound bottle of nitroglycerin standing on the bench.

    Dynamite Stories Hudson Maxim
  • A little inadvertence in the handling of a bottle of nitroglycerin may have been the cause.

    Dynamite Stories Hudson Maxim
  • There is just as much acid after the glycerin is turned into nitroglycerin as there was before.

  • Charcoal from cork is said to absorb about 90% of its weight of nitroglycerin.

  • It was as if two harmless chemicals had met and blended into nitroglycerin.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
  • But if Eugene had wished, he could easily have taken George out of the nitroglycerin branch of the chemical works.

    The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
  • He went to his satchel again and took out a bottle of white tablets marked "nitroglycerin."

    The Unknown Quantity Henry van Dyke
  • Were they to stop but for a single second, the nitroglycerin would explode.

    Careers of Danger and Daring Cleveland Moffett
nitroglycerin in Medicine

nitroglycerin ni·tro·glyc·er·in or ni·tro·glyc·er·ine (nī'trō-glĭs'ər-ĭn, -trə-)
n.
A thick, pale yellow liquid that is explosive on concussion or exposure to sudden heat, used as a vasodilator in medicine.

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nitroglycerin in Science
nitroglycerin
  (nī'trō-glĭs'ər-ĭn)   
A thick, pale-yellow, explosive liquid formed by treating glycerin with nitric and sulfuric acids. It is used to make dynamite and in medicine to dilate blood vessels. Chemical formula: C3H5N3O9.
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