Definition of nitroglycerin in English:


(also nitroglycerine)


  • 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.

    • ‘The resulting nitroglycerine was packed in bombs detonated by a pistol connected to an alarm clock.’
    • ‘The two returned to Sweden in 1863 and Alfred Nobel concentrated on developing nitroglycerine as an explosive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The drug glyceryl trinitrate is highly effective in controlling the pain of angina.’
    • ‘The tense 1953 film has four desperate men delivering two truckloads of extremely explosive nitroglycerine via a nearly impassable South American jungle road.’
    • ‘Modern, smokeless propellants date from 1846 when both nitrocellulose and nitroglycerin first emerged from European laboratories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vasodilators such as nitroglycerin, alcohol, and carbon dioxide may trigger a headache during a cluster period.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When glycerol is treated with a mixture of sulfuric and nitric acid, a yellow oily liquid nitroglycerin is formed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, organic nitrates such as glyceryl trinitrate may be viewed as prodrugs of endogenous nitric oxide.’
    • ‘Since nitroglycerin is moderately volatile and adsorbs to plastic, the sublingual tablets must be stored in tightly closed glass containers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, we're talking about a very energetic material composed, usually, of nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine.’
    • ‘The explosive power of nitroglycerine had been recognised but it was a dangerous, volatile substance which no-one had managed to harness safely.’