amyl nitrite

noun

Definition of amyl nitrite

: 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

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1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Amyl nitrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amyl%20nitrite. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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amyl nitrite

noun

Medical Definition of amyl nitrite

: 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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