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Meaning of nitroglycerin

ni•tro•glyc•er•in

Pronunciation: (nī"tru-glis'ur-in), [key]
— n. Chem., Pharm.
  1. a colorless, thick, oily, flammable, highly explosive, slightly water-soluble liquid, CHNO, prepared from glycerol with nitric and sulfuric acids: used chiefly as a constituent of dynamite and other explosives, in rocket propellants, and in medicine as a vasodilator in the treatment of angina pectoris.
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