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

Definition of nitrite

: a salt or ester of nitrous acid

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It's created from chemical reactions involving nitrates, nitrites, and other proteins, Rowena N. Schwartz, Pharm. Korin Miller, SELF, "Common Blood Pressure Medications Containing Valsartan Recalled Over 'Impurity' Concerns," 17 July 2018 Making deli meat without additives such as nitrites was particularly hard. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Anyone for Diglycerides? Anyone? Food Scientists Are Getting Fed Up With Picky Eaters," 12 Oct. 2018 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,, "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

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1788, in the meaning defined above

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: a salt or ester of nitrous acid

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