Definition of nitroglycerin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnītrōˈɡlisərən/
(also nitroglycerine)


An explosive yellow liquid made by nitrating glycerol, used in explosives such as dynamite. It is also used in medicine as a vasodilator in the treatment of angina pectoris.
  • Alternative name: glyceryl trinitrate; chemical formula: CH2(NO3)CH(NO3)CH2(NO3).
Example sentences
  • When glycerol is treated with a mixture of sulfuric and nitric acid, a yellow oily liquid nitroglycerin is formed.
  • Because it's difficult to grow blood vessels in the laboratory, investigators have struggled to identify the molecules that convert nitroglycerin into nitric oxide.
  • Thus, organic nitrates such as glyceryl trinitrate may be viewed as prodrugs of endogenous nitric oxide.

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Syllabification: ni·tro·glyc·er·in

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