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- n. Any of six isomeric aromatic compounds C6H3OH(NO2)2 formed by the nitration of phenol; they are metabolic poisons
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This compound is then decomposed by ammonia, dinitrophenylhydrazoate being formed, which on hydrolysis with alcoholic potash gives potassium hydrazoate (azide) and dinitrophenol.
The first was the industrial chemical dinitrophenol (DNP), which came on the market in the Thirties when it was found to speed up your metabolism.