sodium nitrite


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Only the hogs ate the sodium nitrite and died. Stephen Ornes, The Atlantic, 15 May 2021 The poison, sodium nitrite, is a preservative in bacon but keeps the blood of live pigs from carrying oxygen. Janet Mcconnaughey, Fortune, 2 Dec. 2022 On Monday, her death was ruled a suicide caused by sodium nitrite toxicity, according to a report obtained by PEOPLE. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 17 Aug. 2022 According to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, Pearlman died by suicide from sodium nitrite toxicity. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Aug. 2022 On Monday, the coroner officially ruled her death as a suicide caused by sodium nitrite toxicity, according to a report obtained by PEOPLE. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 15 Aug. 2022 These foods also contain high levels of sodium nitrite, a compound that may convert into nitrosamines and increase the risk of gastric cancer. Barbara Brody, Fortune, 16 July 2022 Spam is molded meat comprised of pork shoulder and ham, with salt, water, potato starch, sugar and sodium nitrite. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2022 At the end of his message, Lin pointed to a 2013 valsartan patent from another Chinese company that discusses using an alternative to sodium nitrite in quenching. Anna Edney, Fortune, 7 May 2022 See More

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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 nitrite was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Sodium nitrite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

sodium nitrite

: a salt used especially in the manufacture of dyes and as a meat preservative

Medical Definition

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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