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nitrous

[ nahy-truhs ]
/ ˈnaɪ trəs /
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adjective Chemistry.
pertaining to compounds obtained from niter, usually containing less oxygen than the corresponding nitric compounds.
containing nitrogen, usually in the trivalent state.
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Origin of nitrous

First recorded in 1595–1605, nitrous is from the Latin word nitrōsus full of natron. See nitroso-

OTHER WORDS FROM nitrous

non·ni·trous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nitrous

nitrous
/ (ˈnaɪtrəs) /

adjective
of, derived from, or containing nitrogen, esp in a low valency state

Word Origin for nitrous

C17: from Latin nitrōsus full of natron see nitre
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Scientific definitions for nitrous

nitrous
[ nītrəs ]

Containing nitrogen, especially nitrogen with a valence of 3. Compare nitric.
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