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1Any of a class of compounds containing the group \\\NNO₂, some of which are used as propellants or explosives.
2Specifically. An aromatic compound of this class, (CH₃)(NO₂)NC₆H₂(NO₂)₃, used as a pH indicator and in explosives.
An alkaloid which occurs naturally in several shrubs of the genus Nitraria (nitre-bushes); C₁₀H₁₉NO.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From nitro- + amine<br>1970s; earliest use found in Chemical Abstracts. From scientific Latin nitr- (in Nitraria, genus name) + amine, after Russian nitramin.
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