ni·​trite | \ ˈnī-ˌtrīt How to pronounce nitrite (audio) \

Definition of nitrite

: a salt or ester of nitrous acid

Examples of nitrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pomegranates also contain nitrates which are converted to nitric oxide when consumed via a very complex pathway called the enterosalivary nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide (NO) pathway. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 Sodium nitrite is one option for quenching sodium azide. Anna Edney, Fortune, 7 May 2022 After that the nitrite becomes inert, and the curing process halts. Cameron Johnson, Popular Mechanics, 12 May 2021 On that occasion, Wang poured nitrite into a glass used by Feng, causing minor injuries. Ben Westcott, CNN, 29 Sep. 2020 Earlier Tuesday, Lebanon’s interior minister said 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrite exploded in a warehouse in Port of Beirut after having been stored there for years. Fox News, 5 Aug. 2020 Both the Actinomyces and Veillonella can turn nitrate—found in foods like spinach and other leafy greens—into nitrite, which allows our cells to make nitric oxide which helps with vital functions like controlling blood pressure. Popular Science, 20 Apr. 2020 Foods that contain nitrites or nitrates—including bacon, grilled or smoked meats, and even some fruits and vegetables—can fuel a chemical reaction in the stomach that creates NDMA. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, 9 Apr. 2020 In the experiments, the phytoplankton greedily sucked up the available organic and inorganic nitrogen coming off the ash in the form of nitrite, nitrate, and ammonium. Jenessa Duncombe, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nitrite

1788, in the meaning defined above

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ni·​trite | \ ˈnī-ˌtrīt How to pronounce nitrite (audio) \

Medical Definition of nitrite

: a salt or ester of nitrous acid

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