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  • n. The compound glyceryl-tri-nitrate or 1,2,3 tri-nitrooxy propane; the ester of glycerol with nitric acid; prepared by the careful addition of a mixture of nitric and sulphuric acids to glycerol with constant stirring and cooling; it is a thick, pale yellow liquid, that is highly explosive on concussion or on exposure to sudden heat; it is used in medicine as a vasodilator, and as an explosive in the form of dynamite which is safe to handle.

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  • n. a heavy yellow poisonous oily explosive liquid obtained by nitrating glycerol; used in making explosives and medically as a vasodilator (trade names Nitrospan and Nitrostat)

Etymologies

nitro- +‎ glycerine (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Those taking nitrate medications, such as nitroglycerine, to treat chest pain, or alpha blockers for blood pressure.

    CNN Transcript Aug 24, 2003

  • MCCARRON: Anything with a nitrate compound, anything with gunpowder or fireworks, even heart medication, such as nitroglycerine will show a positive on this.

    CNN Transcript Jan 30, 2002

  • Chemical explosives such as nitroglycerine were developed and their connection with the Nobel Prize is well known.

    Press Release: The 1979 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

  • Powerful chemical compositions, such as nitroglycerine and its compounds, such as dynamite, etc., have supplanted gunpowder, and electricity, is now almost invariably the firing agent.

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  • But his 'nitroglycerine' comment is, even for him, racy by the standards of the normally placid bond market.

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  • Also Nobel invented Dynamite to save lives, it superseded nitroglycerine which is very unstable and regularly killed quarry and mine workers when it exploded prematurely.

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  • "nitroglycerine" quote made it into every UK newspaper, from the broadsheets to the red-tops.

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  • A very venal oil company offers them $2,000 each to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerine over rough mountain roads to an oilfield that is on fire.

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  • "It remains investment nitroglycerine and needs to be handled with the same degree of care as an old crate of the stuff," said Kitco.com analyst Jon Nadler .

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  • It was not surprising when Bill Gross, the world's largest bond investor, said last year that "the U.K. rests on a pile of nitroglycerine."

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