sodium nitrite

noun

Definition of sodium nitrite 

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

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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, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 The essential ingredients are smoked salt and Prague powder (the curing salt sodium nitrite). Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Brown Ales May Be Unfashionable, but the Style Is Timeless," 5 Jan. 2018 The bait Vercauteren is working on uses the meat preservative sodium nitrite. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "Feral hog poison field tests in Texas, Alabama in 2018," 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, "Feral hog poison field tests in Texas, Alabama in 2018," 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, NOLA.com, "Spam heists in Hawaii prompt retailers to put 'mystery meat' in locked cases," 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, "Spam heists in Hawaii prompt retailers to put the wildly popular ‘mystery meat’ in locked cases," 19 Oct. 2017 The original recipe included chopped pork shoulder meat with ham, salt, water, sugar and sodium nitrite. Ayalla A. Ruvio, Smithsonian, "How Spam Went from Canned Necessity to American Icon," 5 July 2017

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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sodium nitrite

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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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