nitroglycerin


ni·tro·glyc·er·in

noun \ˌnī-trə-ˈglis-rən, -ˈgli-sə-\

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

Full Definition of NITROGLYCERIN

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

Variants of NITROGLYCERIN

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

Origin of NITROGLYCERIN

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1857

ni·tro·glyc·er·in

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NITROGLYCERIN

: 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

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

nitroglycerin

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Organic compound, powerful explosive and ingredient of most forms of dynamite. It is a colourless, oily, somewhat toxic liquid with a sweet, burning taste. Its safe use as a blasting explosive became possible after Alfred P. Nobel developed dynamite in the 1860s with an inert porous material (moderator) such as charcoal or diatomaceous earth. Nitroglycerin is also used in a mixture in rocket propellants. In medicine, it is used to dilate blood vessels, especially to ease angina pectoris.

Variants of NITROGLYCERIN

nitroglycerin or glyceryl trinitrate

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