amyl nitrite

noun

Definition of amyl nitrite

  1. :  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 2

1867

First Known Use of amyl nitrite

1867


Medical Dictionary

amyl nitrite

noun

Medical Definition of amyl nitrite

  1. :  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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