pentaerythritol tetranitrate

noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.

a white, crystalline, water-insoluble, explosive solid, C5H8N4O12, used chiefly as a high explosive and as a vasodilator in treating angina pectoris.

Nearby words

  1. pentacle,
  2. pentad,
  3. pentadactyl,
  4. pentadecagon,
  5. pentaerythritol,
  6. pentagon,
  7. pentagon papers,
  8. pentagon, the,
  9. pentagonal,
  10. pentagonal dodecahedron

Origin of pentaerythritol tetranitrate

First recorded in 1920–25

Also called PETN Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019