2,4,6-trinitrotoluene


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2,4,6-trinitrotoluene

[¦tü ¦fȯr ¦siks trī¦nī·trō′täl·yə‚wēn]
(organic chemistry)
CH3C6H2(NO2)3 Toxic, flammable, explosive, yellow crystals; soluble in alcohol and ether, insoluble in water; melts at 81°C; used as an explosive and chemical intermediate and in photographic chemicals. Abbreviated TNT.
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2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT), a relatively water soluble nitroaromatic compound, is a common pollutant in soil and groundwater at sites with substantial military activities, such as those associated with munition production, handling, testing, and disposal of explosive and propellent materials.
Army bases that manufactured 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene, or TNT, for weapons routinely flushed out the plants to reduce the risk of accidental explosions.
Bioremediation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene under field conditions, Environmental Science & Technology 41: 1378-1383.
Perkins and Lotufo (2003) isolated several genes from Leptocheirus plumulosus and developed a quantitative assay to measure the effects of water exposure to 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene and phenanthrene on gene expression.
This could be either the explosive component, which is most commonly 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), or one of the byproducts from its manufacture.