nitromethane etymology

English word nitromethane comes from English methane, English nitro- (Containing the nitro functional group. Nitrate, nitrogen.)

Detailed word origin of nitromethane

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
methane English (eng) (organic chemistry, countable) Any of very many derivatives of methane.. (organic compound, uncountable) The simplest aliphatic hydrocarbon, CH4, being a constituent of natural gas.
nitro- English (eng) Containing the nitro functional group. Nitrate, nitrogen.
nitromethane English (eng) (chemistry) the simplest nitroparaffin, CH3NO2. A colourless oily liquid used in organic synthesis, and as a fuel for rockets, racing cars and model aircraft.

Words with the same origin as nitromethane

Descendants of methane
methalox methanation methanic methanol
Descendants of nitro-
N- N-tert-butyl- NTO TNT narced nitracline nitragin nitramine nitrian nitrilotriacetic nitrimine nitrofurantoin nitrogen nitrogeniferous nitrophilous nitrox ranitidine