sodium nitrate


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

Examples of sodium nitrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pink curing salt is regular table salt with sodium nitrate and is used to preserve meats. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2024 There were also several internet searches related to hiding information from police on the laptop, as well as a search for where to obtain sodium nitrate, a drug used to restrict oxygen in the bloodstream, according to court documents. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, 5 Jan. 2024 Police also learned that Bowman had a history of online searches for sodium nitrate, which can be used to limit oxygen transport in the body. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 There are more than 300 chemicals on the list, including substances like chlorine and sodium nitrate. Rebecca Santana,, 4 Sep. 2023 Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee has introduced legislation with Vance that would ban the sale of products with high levels of sodium nitrate, a meat-curing chemical that can be lethal when ingested. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2023 There are only five additional ingredients — salt, water, potato starch, sugar and sodium nitrate. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 23 June 2022 Trelleborg Sealing Profiles in Aurora has the highest amount of releases in the county at 77,349 pounds of mostly sodium nitrate, nitrate compounds, and zinc compounds. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 1 Aug. 2022 Carbon monoxide and sodium nitrate, to poison the pigs. Matthew Scully, National Review, 11 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sodium nitrate was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Sodium nitrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sodium nitrate

: a salt used as a fertilizer and to preserve meat

Medical Definition

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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