One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An explosive colourless crystalline substance, C₆H₈(ONO₂)₆, which is obtained by treating mannitol with a mixture of nitric and sulphuric acids and used in the manufacture of explosive caps and medicinally as a vasodilator; mannitol hexanitrate.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William A. Miller (1817–1870), chemist. From nitro- + mannite, probably after German Nitromannit.
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