amyl nitrite

noun

: a pale yellow pungent flammable liquid ester C5H11NO2 of commercial amyl alcohol and nitrous acid that is used in medicine as a vasodilator and inhaled illicitly especially as an aphrodisiac compare popper sense 2

Examples of amyl nitrite in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of amyl nitrite was in 1867

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“Amyl nitrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amyl%20nitrite. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

amyl nitrite

noun
: a pale yellow pungent flammable liquid ester C5H11NO2 of commercial amyl alcohol and nitrous acid that is used chiefly in medicine as a vasodilator especially in treating angina pectoris and illicitly as an aphrodisiac

called also isoamyl nitrite

compare popper

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