from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The act of displacing an atom or a radical in a complex body by substituting for it the univalent radical nitryl, NO2.
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Nitro-glycerol, which was formerly considered to be a nitro-substitution compound of glycerol, was thought to be formed thus --
These substances were formerly thought to be nitro-substitution compounds, but are now known to belong to the compound ethers of nitric acid.