sodium nitrite


Definition of sodium nitrite

: a salt NaNO2 used especially in dye manufacture and as a meat preservative

Examples of sodium nitrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web VerCauteren began investigating sodium nitrite eight years ago, using an Australian product called Hoggone. Stephen Ornes, The Atlantic, 15 May 2021 The Environmental Protection Agency has been reviewing the use of sodium nitrite on wild pigs. Hunter Davis, Fox News, 14 Oct. 2020 Commercial Spam relies on abusive heat inside a pressure canner and sodium nitrite (pink curing salt to anyone who has cured sausages at home) to help ward off potentially deadly bacteria for shelf storage. Ali Bouzari,, 22 June 2018 The essential ingredients are smoked salt and Prague powder (the curing salt sodium nitrite). Eric Asimov, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2018 The bait Vercauteren is working on uses the meat preservative sodium nitrite. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, 26 Dec. 2017 Researchers also had to make sure other animals couldn’t get into the bait feeders, and that hogs killed by sodium nitrite were safe for scavengers. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, 26 Dec. 2017 After all, how flavorful is a mixture of pork with ham, salt, water, potato starch, sugar and sodium nitrite? The Washington Post,, 19 Oct. 2017 After all, how flavorful is a mixture of pork with ham, salt, water, potato starch, sugar and sodium nitrite? Alaska Dispatch News, 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sodium nitrite

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sodium nitrite was in 1869

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Medical Definition of sodium nitrite

: a colorless or yellowish deliquescent salt NaNO2 that is used as a meat preservative and in medicine as a vasodilator and an antidote for cyanide poisoning

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