Definition of Nitrous

1. Adjective. Of or containing nitrogen. "Nitric acid"

Exact synonyms: Azotic, Nitric
Partainyms: Azote, Nitrogen, Nitrogen
Derivative terms: Azote, Nitre, Nitre

Definition of Nitrous

1. a. Of, pertaining to, or containing, niter; of the quality of niter, or resembling it.

Definition of Nitrous

1. Adjective. (chemistry) of, relating to, or derived from nitrogen, especially in which the valence of the nitrogen is lower than that of a corresponding nitric species ¹

2. Adjective. (chemistry) of, or relating to nitrous acid or its derivatives ¹

3. Adjective. (mycology biology) having a sharp odor like ammonia or nitric acid ¹

4. Noun. (dentistry informal) Nitrous oxide. ¹

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Definition of Nitrous

1. containing nitrogen [adj]

Medical Definition of Nitrous

1. 1. Of, pertaining to, or containing, niter; of the quality of niter, or resembling it. 2. Of, pertaining to, or designating, any one of those compounds in which nitrogen has a relatively lower valence as contrasted with nitric compounds. Nitrous acid, a hypothetical acid of nitrogen HNO2, not known in the free state, but forming a well known series of salts, viz, the nitrites. Nitrous oxide. See Laughing gas. Origin: L. Nitrosus full of natron: cf. F. Nitreux. See Niter. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Nitrous

nitrosyl chloride
nitrous (current term)
nitrous acid
nitrous air
nitrous bacteria
nitrous bacterium
nitrous oxide
nitroxanthic acid

Literary usage of Nitrous

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Elements of Experimental Chemistry by William Henry (1823)
"air from the number) the following order, the last containing the largest proportion of oxygen—nitrous oxide—nitric oxide or nitrous gas—hypo-nitrous ..."

2. Analytical Chemistry by Frederick Pearson Treadwell (1921)
"nitrous acid never occurs in nature except in the form of its salts, ... Preparation of nitrous Acid and its Salts. — nitrous acid is formed by the gentle ..."

3. The Collected Works of Sir Humphry Davy by Humphry Davy, John Davy (1839)
"with ammonia, by exposing a mixture of nitrous gas and aeriform ammonia, to the sulphites. It is probable that nitrous oxide may be combined with ammonia, ..."

4. Cavendish by Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach (1996)
"Figures 2 and 3 show small-bore tubes used to insert the nitrous air into the bent tube. "Experiments on Air," Philosophical Transactions 75 ( 1785): 384. ..."

5. Philosophical Transactions by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1789)
"... A between nitrous acid and volatile alkali. The latter has frequently been produced by help of the former; but I do not recoiled that, ..."

6. Elements of Chemistry: Including the Recent Discoveries and Doctrines of the by Edward Turner (1835)
"If mueh water is present, more or less of the nitrous aeid is ... nitrous ACID. To form pure nitrous aeid by the mixture of oxygen gas with ..."

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