Encyclopedia Article


A toxic chemical liquid that is a mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids. The nitroglycerin formula is highly explosive and is used as an important ingredient in most forms of dynamite, as well as in propellant bombs (rockets and missiles). Nitroglycerin also has a history in the study and practice of medicine, specifically in the management of angina (heart pains) and heart failure.

Photo Credit: 

"Diagram of dynamite: A. Sawdust (or any other type of absorbent material) soaked in nitroglycerin; B. Protective coating surrounding the explosive material; C. Blasting cap; D. Wire connected to the blasting cap".

Published Works: