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- n. Any polyhydric alcohol having four hydroxyl groups
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hypothetical hydrocarbon, C4H4, analogous to benzene; -- so called from the four carbon atoms in the molecule.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In organic chemistry, a hypothetical hydrocarbon, C4H4, of which some derivatives are known.
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“I can’t be certain, but as far as I can see the explosive was either amatol or tetrol.