Definition of tetranitromethane
: a volatile toxic liquid compound C(NO2)4 made usually by the action of nitric acid on acetic anhydride and used chiefly in very powerful liquid explosive mixtures
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Origin and Etymology of tetranitromethane
International Scientific Vocabulary tetranitro- + methane
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