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tetryl

[ te-tril ]
/ ˈtɛ trɪl /
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noun Chemistry.

a yellow, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, C7H5N5O8, used as a chemical indicator and as a detonator and bursting charge in small-caliber shells.

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Origin of tetryl

First recorded in 1855–60; tetr- + -yl
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How to use tetryl in a sentence

  • After nitration the yellow tetryl separates out, and is filtered off and water-washed till free from acid.

  • Ordnance officers learned that this material was equal to tetryl as a military explosive.

  • At this there was a celebration, led by "Blondie" Wanacek, a sulphuric-acid expert handling tetryl on the Two.

    Triplanetary|Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for tetryl

tetryl
/ (ˈtɛtrɪl) /

noun

a yellow crystalline explosive solid used in detonators; trinitrophenylmethylnitramine. Formula: (NO 2) 3 C 6 H 2 N(NO 2)CH 3Also called: nitramine
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