Definition of "tetryl" [tet•ryl]

  • A yellow crystalline compound, C7H5N5O8, used as a detonator. (noun)

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Use "tetryl" in a sentence
  • "Police said they found more traces of the material - described as tetryl, a chemical used to boost the power of explosives - on clothes seized from Khan's apartment, Chile's state television reported."
  • "When you are satisfied that the tetryl is free of acids, filter it from the water and allowed to dry."
  • "A summary of the closed hearing posted on the judiciary's website Saturday said both TNT and tetryl - a chemical that boosts the power of explosives - were found on his cell phone and documents at the embassy, and that a police search of his room later found the same chemicals on his clothes, a suitcase and a computer bag."