Definition of nitrite in English:

nitrite

Line breaks: ni|trite
Pronunciation: /ˈnʌɪtrʌɪt
 
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noun

Chemistry
  • A salt or ester of nitrous acid, containing the anion NO2 or the group —NO2.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

early 19th century: from nitre + -ite1.

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