Question #93554

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Feb 4, 2015

I think you're actually referring to glyceryl-trinitrate, which is another name used for nytroglycerin.

Nytroglycerin, which has the molecular formula #C_3H_5N_3O_9#, is obtained by nitrating glycerol, #C_3H_8O_3#, with white fuming nitric acid, a liquid oxidizer that consists of almost pure nitic acid, #HNO_3#.

Glyceryl-trinitrate is known as GTN for medical uses; the compound is used for treatment of angina, heart failure, or severe hypertension. There's a whole list of medical uses for GTN, so here's a link to a more detailed description of those uses: