nitrite

noun
ni·trite | \ˈnī-ˌtrīt \

Definition of nitrite 

: a salt or ester of nitrous acid

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An obituary on April 26 about Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, an authority on carcinogens, referred incorrectly to cyclamates and nitrites. New York Times, "Corrections: May 5, 2018," 4 May 2018 When cooked at high temperatures, nitrite and nitrate preservatives may react with compounds naturally found in meat to trigger the formation of toxins called nitrosamines. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "4 Ways to Make Grilling Healthier This Summer," 1 June 2018 Cyclamates are used as sweeteners, not preservatives; nitrites are used to cure hot dogs, not to dye them. New York Times, "Corrections: May 5, 2018," 4 May 2018 Crow said that each week the students test the following water quality parameters: pH, ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, dissolved oxygen, and temperature. James Ewinger, cleveland.com, "Perry High School students are raising trout (photos, video)," 14 Apr. 2018 The body converts that nitrate to nitrite and then to nitric oxide, which seems to make your muscles work more efficiently during endurance exercise. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Sunlight May Be the Next Beet Juice," 22 Mar. 2018 And a 1997 study in The Lancet showed that on the skin, nitrite in saliva is converted to nitric oxide, which is antimicrobial. Erika Engelhaupt, National Geographic, "How Dog and Cat 'Kisses' Can Turn Deadly," 24 Oct. 2017 The body digests nitrates and turns it into nitrites, which inhibits red blood cells' ability to carry oxygen. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Farm communities face contaminated water from manure, nitrates, records reveal," 15 Aug. 2017 Out with the nitrates, nitrites, and preservatives; in with the cultured celery juice and cherry powder. Bryan Gruley, Bloomberg.com, "Why the Hatchet Men of 3G Spent $10 Million on a Better Oscar Mayer Weiner," 2 Aug. 2017

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1788, in the meaning defined above

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nitrite

noun
ni·trite | \ˈnī-ˌtrīt \

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: a salt or ester of nitrous acid

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