Definition of nitropropane
: either of two liquid nitroparaffins C3H7NO2 made usually by hot vapor-phase nitration of propane and used chiefly as industrial solvents and in chemical synthesis: a : the primary derivative CH3CH2CH2NO2 —called also 1-nitropropane b : the secondary derivative CH3CH(NO2)CH3 —called also 2-nitropropane
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