sodium nitrate

noun

Definition of sodium nitrate

: a deliquescent crystalline salt NaNO3 used as a fertilizer and an oxidizing agent and in curing meat

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Recent Examples on the Web The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the cause of the explosion was likely that heat-sensitive bombs were exposed to a fire, which likely started with sparks off the brake shoes igniting sodium nitrate in the floorboards. Alana Minkler, The Arizona Republic, "Train derailments: 5 notable Arizona incidents, including 1973 train carrying bombs," 29 July 2020 Oregon Wine Country Pinot Noir Beef Jerky pieces are naturally smoked, 100% U.S. beef, with no gluten or sodium nitrates, and marinated in wines made from Oregon grapes. oregonlive, "10 delicious dinner ideas and treats you deserve when you’re cooped up at home," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sodium nitrate

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Sodium nitrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodium%20nitrate. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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sodium nitrate

noun

Medical Definition of sodium nitrate

: a deliquescent crystalline salt NaNO3 used as a fertilizer and an oxidizing agent and in curing meat

called also saltpeter

— see chile saltpeter

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