One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of three isomeric yellow or orange crystalline compounds, C₆H₄(NO₂)(NH₂), which are derivatives of aniline having a nitro group attached to the carbon ring, and are used in the manufacture of dyes; nitrophenylamine.
Mid 19th century. From nitro- + aniline, perhaps after German Nitranilin.
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