Origin of nitroso

First recorded in 1880–85; independent use of nitroso-


  1. a combining form of the nitroso group: nitrosobenzene.
Also especially before a vowel, nitros-.

Origin of nitroso-

combining form of Latin nitrōsus full of natron, equivalent to nitr(um) native soda, natron (< Greek nítron soda) + -ōsus -ose1; see -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for nitroso


  1. (modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group O:N-a nitroso compound

Word Origin for nitroso

C19: from Latin nitrōsus full of natron; see nitre
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nitroso in Medicine


  1. Nitrosyl:nitrosobenzene.
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