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nitrite

Line breaks: ni|trite
Pronunciation: /ˈnʌɪtrʌɪt
 
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Definition of nitrite in English:

noun

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

Words that rhyme with nitrite

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