Chemistry. a salt or ester of nitrous acid.
Origin of nitrite
First recorded in 1790–1800; nitr-
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British Dictionary definitions for nitrite
any salt or ester of nitrous acid
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The univalent radical NO2.
A compound containing such a radical, such as a salt or ester of nitrous acid.
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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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