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nitroglycerine


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An explosive made by reacting 1,2,3-trihydroxypropane (glycerol) with a mixture of concentrated sulphuric and nitric acids. Despite its name and method of preparation, it is not a nitro compound, but an ester of nitric acid, CH2(NO3)CH(NO3)CH2(NO3). It is used in dynamites.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Chemistry.


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