Nitro



[nahy-troh] /ˈnaɪ troʊ/

adjective
1.
Chemistry. containing the .
noun
2.
.
1.
a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which the nitro group is present:
nitroglycerin.
/ˈnaɪtrəʊ/
noun
1.
(slang) short for nitroglycerine
combining form
1.
indicating that a chemical compound contains a nitro group, -NO2: nitrobenzene
2.
indicating that a chemical compound is a nitrate ester: nitrocellulose
n.

abbreviation of nitroglycerine, 1935, slang.

before vowels nitr-, word-forming element used scientifically and indicating “nitrogen, nitrate” or “nitric acid,” from comb. form of Greek nitron (see nitre).

nitro- or nitr-
pref.

noun

nitroglycerin

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