One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An explosive yellow liquid made by nitrating glycerol, used in explosives such as dynamite. It is also used in medicine as a vasodilator in the treatment of angina pectoris.
Alternative name: glyceryl trinitrate; chemical formula: CH₂(NO₃)CH(NO₃)CH₂(NO₃)
- ‘Since nitroglycerin is moderately volatile and adsorbs to plastic, the sublingual tablets must be stored in tightly closed glass containers.’
- ‘Vasodilators such as nitroglycerin, alcohol, and carbon dioxide may trigger a headache during a cluster period.’
- ‘Combining the acids with the glycerine into the resultant yellow oily liquid of nitroglycerine was a hazardous process requiring strict temperature control.’
- ‘Mixed with the rampant hormones of the teen years, this combination becomes as explosive and unstable as nitroglycerine.’
- ‘Thus, organic nitrates such as glyceryl trinitrate may be viewed as prodrugs of endogenous nitric oxide.’
- ‘Because it's difficult to grow blood vessels in the laboratory, investigators have struggled to identify the molecules that convert nitroglycerin into nitric oxide.’
- ‘Both nitroglycerine and TNT, two of the most powerful explosives in existence, can trace their origins to this race in research during the nineteenth century.’
- ‘In the munitions factories, great care was needed not to cause any sparks while making cordite using nitroglycerin - and the workers also needed to be sober.’
- ‘The drug glyceryl trinitrate is highly effective in controlling the pain of angina.’
- ‘However, we're talking about a very energetic material composed, usually, of nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine.’
- ‘The tense 1953 film has four desperate men delivering two truckloads of extremely explosive nitroglycerine via a nearly impassable South American jungle road.’
- ‘The two returned to Sweden in 1863 and Alfred Nobel concentrated on developing nitroglycerine as an explosive.’
- ‘The explosive power of nitroglycerine had been recognised but it was a dangerous, volatile substance which no-one had managed to harness safely.’
- ‘The resulting nitroglycerine was packed in bombs detonated by a pistol connected to an alarm clock.’
- ‘When glycerol is treated with a mixture of sulfuric and nitric acid, a yellow oily liquid nitroglycerin is formed.’
- ‘Inhibition of nitric oxide synthase abolished the basal levels of exhaled nitric oxide, and also decreased the exhaled nitric oxide response to all compounds except nitroglycerine.’
- ‘The extra check ensures that heart patients who take nitroglycerin, construction workers who handle explosives, and other innocent passengers are not mistakenly identified as criminal suspects.’
- ‘Modern, smokeless propellants date from 1846 when both nitrocellulose and nitroglycerin first emerged from European laboratories.’
- ‘Recently, nitroglycerine (glyceryl trinitrate) has been suggested as a tocolytic agent because it showed no significant side effects in animal studies and limited human studies.’
- ‘The scanner, the size of a small copy machine, uses spectrometry that can detect a billionth of a gram of explosives, such as TNT and nitroglycerine.’
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