nitrous

noun
ni·trous | \ ˈnī-trəs \

Definition of nitrous 

(Entry 1 of 2)

informal

: nitrous oxide He began huffing nitrous by the case, causing vivid hallucinations. —David Peisner

nitrous

adjective

Definition of nitrous (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

: of, relating to, or containing niter

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Actually, nitrous is making a comeback in U.S. maternity circles. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Laughing gas makes a comeback for women in labor - like Kate Middleton," 16 May 2018 The Birth Center in Bryn Mawr charges patients $25 to try nitrous, and $250 to use it at will during labor. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Laughing gas makes a comeback for women in labor - like Kate Middleton," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of nitrous

Noun

1977, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1583, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nitrous

Adjective

New Latin nitrosus, from Latin, full of natron, from nitrum natron — more at niter

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nitrous

adjective
ni·trous | \ ˈnī-trəs \

Medical Definition of nitrous 

: of, relating to, or containing nitrogen especially with a lower valence than in corresponding nitric compounds

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