Definition of nitrite in English:


Syllabification: ni·trite
Pronunciation: /ˈnītrīt


  • A salt or ester of nitrous acid, containing the anion NO2 or the group —NO2.
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    • Bombs, missiles, shells and bullets flood the environment with lead, nitrates, nitrites, hydrocarbons, phosphorous, radioactive debris, corrosive and toxic heavy metals.
    • Nitric oxide is generated by the thermal decomposition of nitrites and nitrates.
    • Some analogous alkyl nitrites, such as amyl nitrite, are known sensitizers in humans.


early 19th century: from nitr- (from niter) + -ite1.

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