- a salt or ester of sulfurous acid.
- 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
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- A salt or ester of sulfurous acid.
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- A salt or ester of sulfurous acid, containing the group SO3.
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