butyl nitrite


: an oily liquid ester C4H9NO2 of butyl alcohol and nitrous acid that is inhaled illicitly especially as an aphrodisiac compare popper

Examples of butyl nitrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside the labyrinth of the upper floors, men sniffed a highly volatile liquid called butyl nitrite—poppers, as the type of drug is still known. Robert Klara, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of butyl nitrite was in 1889

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“Butyl nitrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butyl%20nitrite. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

butyl nitrite

: a colorless pungent liquid C4H9NO2 inhaled by drug users for its stimulating effects which are similar to those of amyl nitrite

called also isobutyl nitrite

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