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amyl nitrite

noun, Pharmacology.
a yellowish, fragrant, flammable liquid, C 5 H 11 NO 2 , used in medicine chiefly as a vasodilator, especially in the treatment of angina pectoris: misused by inhalation as a stimulant, especially of sexual sensation.
Also called isoamyl nitrite. Unabridged
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  • Not in use clinically.Pressure Depressors Nitroglycerine and amyl nitrite, action transitory but rapid.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • It was instantly relieved with amyl nitrite; nitro-glycerin was unsuccessful.

  • amyl nitrite is a limpid, and, generally, slightly yellow liquid; it has a peculiar and characteristic odour.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • Warm-blooded animals may be thrown by amyl nitrite into a cataleptic condition.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • The finding of a handkerchief, saturated with amyl nitrite, which had not belonged to the dead man.

    The Red Seal Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • If the aura be brief, buy a few "pearls" of amyl nitrite, crush one in your handkerchief, and sniff the vapour.

  • Would two or more capsules of amyl nitrite constitute a lethal dose?

    The Red Seal Natalie Sumner Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for amyl nitrite

amyl nitrite

a yellowish unstable volatile fragrant liquid used in medicine as a vasodilator and in perfumes. Formula: (CH3)2CHCH2CH2NO2
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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amyl nitrite in Medicine

amyl nitrite n.
A volatile yellow liquid used as a vasodilator and as an antidote in cyanide poisoning.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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