|Erythrocentaurin||Erythromycin||Erythromycin Acistrate||Erythromycin Estolate||Erythromycin Glucoheptonate|
|Jmol-3D images||Image 1|
|Molar mass||302.11 g mol−1|
|Melting point||61 °C; 142 °F; 334 K|
|Boiling point||Decomposes at 160 °C|
|Shock sensitivity||Medium (2.0 Nm)|
|Explosive velocity||8000-8100 m/s|
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
Erythritol tetranitrate (ETN) is an explosive compound chemically similar to PETN. It is however thought to be 1/3 more sensitive to friction and impact. ETN is not well known, but in recent years has been used by amateur experimenters to replace PETN in improvised detonation cord or in boosters to initiate larger, less sensitive explosive charges. Due to the availability of erythritol as a natural sweetener and its relative ease of production in relation to PETN, ETN is a favoured home made explosive compound to the amateur experimenter.
Like many nitric esters, ETN acts as a vasodilator, and was the active ingredient in the original "sustained release" tablets, made under a process patent in the early 50s, called "nitroglyn". Ingesting ETN or prolonged skin contact can lead to absorption and what is known as a "nitro headache".