nitroglycerin

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

Definition of nitroglycerin

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

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Origin and Etymology of nitroglycerin

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NITROGLYCERIN Defined for English Language Learners

nitroglycerin

noun

Definition of nitroglycerin for English Language Learners

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


NITROGLYCERIN Defined for Kids

nitroglycerin

noun ni·tro·glyc·er·in
variants: or nitroglycerine \ˌnī-trō-ˈgli-sə-rən\

Definition of nitroglycerin for Students

:an oily liquid explosive from which dynamite is made

Medical Dictionary

nitroglycerin

noun ni·tro·glyc·er·in
variants: or nitroglycerine play \ˌnī-trə-ˈglis-(ə-)rən\

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


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