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sulfite

[suhl-fahyt] /ˈsʌl faɪt/
noun, Chemistry.
1.
a salt or ester of sulfurous acid.
2.
any sulfite-containing compound, especially one that is used in foods or drug products as a preservative and that can cause severe allergic reactions in susceptible individuals: use in fresh fruits and vegetables banned by the FDA in 1986.
Origin of sulfite
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90; sulf(ur) + -ite1
Related forms
sulfitic
[suhl-fit-ik] /sʌlˈfɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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sulfite in Medicine

sulfite sul·fite (sŭl'fīt')
n.
A salt or an ester of sulfurous acid.


sul·fit'ic (-fĭt'ĭk) adj.
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sulfite in Science
sulfite
  (sŭl'fīt')   
A salt or ester of sulfurous acid, containing the group SO3.
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