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pentaerythritol tetranitrate

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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.
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Also called PETN

Origin of pentaerythritol tetranitrate

First recorded in 1920–25

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  • Wood gum, from beech wood, gave a tetranitrate (C10 formula) insoluble in all the usual solvents for this group of esters.

  • Thus the tetranitrate yields only 46.4 of denitrated fibre in place of the calculated 66.

  • The majority of cases will do well on the sodium nitrite or erythrol tetranitrate.

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