ar·​se·​nite | \ ˈär-sə-ˌnīt How to pronounce arsenite (audio) \

Definition of arsenite

: a salt or ester of an arsenious acid

Examples of arsenite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scheele’s Green – was achieved through use of copper arsenite. Rosalind Jana,, "The Subversive Allure Of A Good Green Dress," 28 Jan. 2020 Inorganic compounds such as copper arsenite, also called Scheele’s green, lent a coveted hue to some wallpapers and paints. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "The strange history of poisonous wallpaper and a dangerous book," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of arsenite

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arsenite

borrowed from French arsénite, from arsenic arsenic entry 1 + -ite -ite entry 2

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The first known use of arsenite was in 1796

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3 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Arsenite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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ar·​se·​nite | \ ˈär-sə-ˌnīt How to pronounce arsenite (audio) \

Medical Definition of arsenite

: a salt or ester of an arsenious acid

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