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

Definition of sulfite

: a salt or ester of sulfurous acid

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Other Words from sulfite

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

Examples of sulfite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many wines include sulfites, which are added to stabilize and preserve. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Want to try natural wine? This tiny bottleshop is your one-stop shop in metro Phoenix," 28 Nov. 2019 This isn't the first time this product has been recalled because of high sulfite content. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Packages of dry dates distributed in Florida recalled due to high sulfite content," 23 Oct. 2019 Others, like nitrite and sulfite, are known to be released in gases at volcanic vents. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Single reaction mixture can produce all four RNA bases," 4 Oct. 2019 In contrast, natural wine contains no additives, with the possible exception of a super small dose of sulfites, which are a by-product of fermentation and used as a preservative. NBC News, "What is natural wine? And is it better for you?," 11 Aug. 2019 Usually, there are noses that bite because of too much added sulfite or some stinky noses caused by unhappy yeast. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Home winemakers go for gold at Oregon State Fair competition," 14 Aug. 2019 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

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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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9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Sulfite.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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to insert between existing elements

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