Definition of nitric oxide in English:

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nitric oxide

Pronunciation: /ˈˌnītrik ˈäkˌsīd/

noun

Chemistry
A colorless toxic gas formed in many reactions in which nitric acid is reduced, as in reaction with copper. It reacts immediately with oxygen to form nitrogen dioxide.
Example sentences
  • In these reactions the ozone reacts with nitric oxide to produce nitrogen dioxide.
  • Both nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide can be toxic at higher concentrations.
  • He isolated around twenty different airs, including hydrogen chloride, nitric oxide, and ammonia.

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Syllabification: ni·tric ox·ide

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