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 for Nitroglycerin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nitroglycerin \Ni`tro*glyc"er*in\, Nitroglycerine
  \Ni`tro*glyc"er*ine\(n[imac]`tr[-o]*gl[i^]s"[~e]r*[i^]n), n.
     [Nitro- + glycerin.] (Chem.)
     A liquid appearing like a heavy oil, colorless or yellowish,
     and consisting of a mixture of several glycerin salts of
     nitric acid, and hence more properly called glycerin
     nitrate; also called trinitroglycerin and glyceryl
     trinitrate. It is made by the action of nitric acid on
     glycerin in the presence of sulphuric acid. It is extremely
     unstable and terribly explosive. A very dilute solution is
     used in medicine as a neurotic under the name of glonion.
     [Written also nitroglycerine.]
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: A great number of explosive compounds have been
           produced by mixing nitroglycerin with different
           substances; as, dynamite, or giant powder,
           nitroglycerin mixed with siliceous earth;
           lithofracteur, nitroglycerin with gunpowder, or with
           sawdust and nitrate of sodium or barium; Colonia
           powder, gunpowder with nitroglycerin; dualin,
           nitroglycerin with sawdust, or with sawdust and nitrate
           of potassium and some other substances; lignose, wood
           fiber and nitroglycerin.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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)
           [syn: nitroglycerin, nitroglycerine,
           trinitroglycerin, glyceryl trinitrate, Nitrospan,

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