sul·​fite | \ ˈsəl-ˌfīt How to pronounce sulfite (audio) \

Definition of sulfite

: a salt or ester of sulfurous acid

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sulfitic \ ˌsəl-​ˈfi-​tik How to pronounce sulfitic (audio) \ adjective

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There's a reason behind your rosiness after a night of pinot noir: The alcohol and sulfites used to preserve wine make small blood vessels in the face open more, causing blood to rush to the surface, and bam! Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "6 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Blotchy — And How to Fix It," 13 Dec. 2018 Hydrogen cyanide, when mixed with the likes of hydrogen sulfite, can be baked by UV light into sugars, polymers and phosphates. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "This distant planet is one of the best places to search for alien life," 3 Aug. 2018 For the sensitive, some additives—like sulfites—can trigger attacks. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling With Asthma," 17 Apr. 2018 Plus, their process is pure - unfiltered, dry and always without sulfites. Special To The Oregonian,, "See what's new at these Oregon meaderies: Gerry Frank's picks," 9 June 2018 Mas Food Services said the sulfites were discovered in The Peru Chef dry potato by the Florida Department of Agriculture. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "They forgot to tell you about the sulfites in this food. So, it's being recalled | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 An Oakland Park food distributor recalled 1,200 bags of Peruvian dry potato because of undeclared sulfites. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "They forgot to tell you about the sulfites in this food. So, it's being recalled | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 That means making wines that are completely organic — no sulfites or other additives most wineries use to create a consistent, controlled, consumer-friendly product. San Francisco Chronicle, "Point Reyes winery embodies “natural wine” movement," 16 May 2018 Their simple, two-step process starts with boiling wood in a solution of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and sodium sulfite (Na2SO3), a chemical treatment similar to the first step in creating the wood pulp used to make paper. Sid Perkins, Scientific American, "Stronger Than Steel, Able to Stop a Speeding Bullet—It’s Super Wood!," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sulfite

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sulfite

French sulfite, alteration of sulfate

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The first known use of sulfite was in 1788

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variants: or chiefly British sulphite \ ˈsəl-​ˌfit How to pronounce sulphite (audio) \

Medical Definition of sulfite

: a salt or ester of sulfurous acid

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