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What is nitroglycerin?

Nitroglycerin (C3H5N3O9) is a yellow liquid that's explosive near sudden heat. It's used to produce dynamite and as a medicine vasodilator.
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Why does nitroglycerin explode?

Glycerol, the base molecule of nitroglycerin, in and of itself is a pretty stable molecule, but when nitrated the stable hydroxyl endings of the glycerol turn into nitroxide e (MORE)
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How do you use nitroglycerin?

Nitroglycerin was once used as an explosive. It was so unstable, and sensitive to heat and shock, that its use as a pure material for blasting was eliminated in the 19th centu (MORE)
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Can nitroglycerin kill you?

Too much of it can, yes. It is a vasodialator - meaning it makes your blood vessels expand. If all of your blood vessels expand completely (mind you, they are always constrict (MORE)
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Who inveted nitroglycerine?

Ascanio Sobrero first synthesized it but was unaware of its explosive potential until it destroyed is laboratory.
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Is nitroglycerin poisonous?

Too much of anything--even water--can be poisonous. People have  died from drinking too much, its called water intoxication.    Nitroglycerin, used in VERY small amoun (MORE)