- a colorless, thick, oily, flammable, highly explosive, slightly water-soluble liquid, C3H5N3O9, 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.
Origin of nitroglycerin
Examples from the Web for nitroglycerine
Historical Examples of nitroglycerine
Naturally, the nitroglycerine had to be transported from where it was made to where it was to be used.Anchorite
The little word seemed to have the explosive force of nitroglycerine.A Son of the Immortals
It was an injudicious mixture of gun-cotton, nitroglycerine or what not.Italian Highways and Byways from a Motor Car
Wobanguli's speech had all the elements of nitroglycerine, he realized.The Argus Pheasant
John Charles Beecham
For ballistite the nitrocellulose is beaten up with nitroglycerine in water.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
- a pale yellow viscous explosive liquid substance made from glycerol and nitric and sulphuric acids and used in explosives, and in medicine as a vasodilator. Formula: CH 2 NO 3 CHNO 3 CH 2 NO 3Also called: trinitroglycerine
- A thick, pale yellow liquid that is explosive on concussion or exposure to sudden heat, used as a vasodilator in medicine.
- 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.