dinitrotoluene

noun

di·​ni·​tro·​toluene
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: any of six isomeric toxic crystalline compounds CH3C6H3(NO2)3 formed by nitration of nitrotoluenes: such as
a
: the yellow isomer obtained as the sole first product from para-nitrotoluene and used chiefly in making dyes and explosives

called also 2,4-dinitrotoluene

b
: a commercial mixture of two or more of the isomers

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary dinitro- + toluene

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“Dinitrotoluene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinitrotoluene. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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