nitrite

[ nahy-trahyt ]
/ ˈnaɪ traɪt /

noun

Chemistry. a salt or ester of nitrous acid.
Nutrition. sodium nitrite.

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Origin of nitrite

First recorded in 1790–1800; nitr- + -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for nitrite

nitrite
/ (ˈnaɪtraɪt) /

noun

any salt or ester of nitrous acid
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Medical definitions for nitrite

nitrite
[ nītrīt′ ]

n.

The univalent radical NO2.
A compound containing such a radical, such as a salt or ester of nitrous acid.
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Scientific definitions for nitrite

nitrite
[ nītrīt′ ]

A salt or ester of nitrous acid, containing the group NO2. Nitrites are an important component of the nitrogen cycle and are used as food preservatives. Compare nitrate.
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