Definition of nitrotoluene

: a nitro derivative of toluene or a mixture of such derivatives: such as
a : the yellow liquid ortho mono derivative CH3C6H4NO2 made by nitration of toluene and used chiefly as an intermediate for azo dyes
b : the colorless crystalline solid para isomer obtained along with the ortho derivative and used similarly

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History and Etymology for nitrotoluene

International Scientific Vocabulary nitr- + toluene

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