Definition of trinitrobenzene
: a light yellow crystalline compound C6H3(NO2)3 that is a more powerful yet more stable explosive than trinitrotoluene but is little used because of the difficulties of its preparation usually indirectly from toluene —called also TNB, 1,3,5-trinitrobenzene
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Origin and Etymology of trinitrobenzene
International Scientific Vocabulary trinitr- + benzene
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