Definition of PETN
: a crystalline ester C5H8N4O12 used as a powerful high explosive and medically in the treatment of angina pectoris … the experts determined that its explosive content was identical to that of the Honolulu bomb—PETN, an explosive undetectable by X-ray. — Steven Emerson —called also pentaerythritol tetranitrate
Origin and Etymology of petn
First Known Use: 1944See Words from the same year
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