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Chemistry. containing the nitro group.
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Origin of nitro
First recorded in 1855–60; see origin at nitro-
Other definitions for nitro (2 of 2)
a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which the nitro group is present: nitroglycerin.
Also especially before a vowel, nitr-.
Origin of nitro-
Combining form of Greek nítron.See niter
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How to use nitro in a sentence
It consisted merely in mixing nitro-glycerin with about an equal quantity of very finely divided earth.Invention|Bradley A. Fiske
The two manufactures, however, which seem to lead in the demand for glycerine are of nitro-glycerine and of oleomargarine.
Nitro-glycerin was shaken with a strong aqueous solution of commercial K2S.
The filtrate was clear, and the sulphur bore hammering without the slightest indication of nitro-glycerin.
He was standing at the entrance of a cosy little funk-hole, his boots and tunic undone, sniffing the morning nitro-glycerine.
British Dictionary definitions for nitro (1 of 2)
/ (ˈnaɪtrəʊ) /
slang short for nitroglycerine
British Dictionary definitions for nitro (2 of 2)
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 for nitro-
from Greek nitron natron
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