Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

nitroglycerin

noun ni·tro·glyc·er·in \ˌnī-trə-ˈglis-rən, -ˈgli-sə-\

Simple Definition of nitroglycerin

  • : a liquid that is used in making explosives and in medicine

Full Definition of nitroglycerin

  1. :  an oily explosive poisonous liquid C3H5N3O9 used chiefly in making dynamite and in medicine as a vasodilator

Variants of nitroglycerin

or ni·tro·glyc·er·ine play \ˌnī-trə-ˈglis-rən, -ˈgli-sə-\

Origin of nitroglycerin

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1857


NITROGLYCERIN Defined for Kids

nitroglycerin

play
noun ni·tro·glyc·er·in \ˌnī-trō-ˈgli-sə-rən\

Definition of nitroglycerin

  1. :  an oily liquid explosive from which dynamite is made



Variants of nitroglycerin

or ni·tro·glyc·er·ine \ˌnī-trō-ˈgli-sə-rən\

Medical Dictionary

nitroglycerin

noun ni·tro·glyc·er·in

Medical Definition of nitroglycerin

  1. :  a heavy oily explosive poisonous liquid C3H5N3O9 used chiefly in making dynamites and in medicine as a vasodilator (as in angina pectoris)—called also trinitrin, trinitroglycerin; see nitro-dur, nitrostat



Variants of nitroglycerin

or ni·tro·glyc·er·ine \ˌnī-trə-ˈglis-(ə-)rən\play


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up nitroglycerin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 14, 2016

to hug and kiss another person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

2.2 pounds 100 pounds 16.96 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ