1Any of a class of compounds containing the group \\\NNO₂, some of which are used as propellants or explosives.
2Specifically. An aromatic compound of this class, (CH₃)(NO₂)NC₆ H₂ (NO₂)₃, used as a pH indicator and in explosives.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From nitro- + amine.
An alkaloid which occurs naturally in several shrubs of the genus Nitraria (nitre-bushes); C₁₀ H₁₉ NO.
1970s; earliest use found in Chemical Abstracts. From nitr- (in scientific Latin Nitraria, genus name) + amine, after Russian nitramin.