A colorless gas with a sweetish odor, prepared by heating ammonium nitrate. It produces exhilaration or anesthesia when inhaled and is used as an anesthetic and as an aerosol propellant. Also called laughing gas.
- Chemical formula: N2O
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- Other trace gases include methane, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, and ozone.
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- Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and other gases are known collectively as greenhouse gases because they trap heat in the atmosphere.
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