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sodium nitrate

noun, Chemistry.
a crystalline, water-soluble compound, NaNO 3 , that occurs naturally as soda niter: used in fertilizers, explosives, and glass, and as a color fixative in processed meats. Unabridged
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  • So it was a conversion of sodium chloride into sodium nitrate.

    Priestley in America Edgar F. Smith
  • What weight of sodium nitrate is necessary to prepare 100 cc.

  • It was thought that sodium nitrate might possibly have to be used as a substitute.

  • sodium nitrate is commonly used but other materials are suitable after the soil has warmed up.

    The Tomato Paul Work
  • Have silver sulphide and sulphur, with sodium nitrate and sulphate in solution.

  • Such salts are found in sodium nitrate, or ammonium nitrate, as much as equal weights of either of these substances being added.

  • sodium nitrate has been mined for explosives and fertilizer in the Atacama since the middle of the 19th century.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
  • Under this process ammonium nitrate is produced by the double decomposition of ammonium sulphate and sodium nitrate.

  • After neutralizing a solution of sodium hydroxide with nitric acid, there remained after evaporation 100 g. of sodium nitrate.

  • When sodium nitrate is treated with concentrated cold sulphuric acid, no chemical action seems to take place.

British Dictionary definitions for sodium nitrate

sodium nitrate

a white crystalline soluble solid compound occurring naturally as Chile saltpetre and caliche and used in matches, explosives, and rocket propellants, as a fertilizer, and as a curing salt for preserving food such as bacon, ham, and cheese (E251). Formula: NaNO3
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sodium nitrate in Science
sodium nitrate  
A poisonous, white, crystalline compound used in solid rocket propellants, in matches, as a fertilizer, and in curing meat. Chemical formula: NaNO3.
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