Definition of Nitrous oxide

1. Noun. Inhalation anesthetic used as an anesthetic in dentistry and surgery.

Definition of Nitrous oxide

1. Noun. (inorganic compound) A non-flammable gas (N2O) commonly used in surgery and dentistry for its anaesthetic and analgesic effects. ¹

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Medical Definition of Nitrous oxide

1. Nitrogen oxide (n2o). A colourless, odourless gas that is used as an anaesthetic and analgesic. High concentrations cause a narcotic effect and may replace oxygen, causing death by asphyxia. It is also used as a food aerosol in the preparation of whipping cream. Pharmacological action: aerosol propellants, analgesics, non-narcotic, anaesthetics, inhalation. Chemical name: Nitrogen oxide (N2O) (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nitrous Oxide

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

Literary usage of Nitrous oxide

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1916)
"109) says that in a somewhat large experience of nitrous oxide and oxygen anesthesia, with and without the addition of ether, he has never seen any other ..."

2. Journal of the American Medical Association by American Medical Association (1890)
"Although numerous substances have been tried, there are to-day in use practically only three anaesthetics—nitrous oxide, ether, and chloroform. ..."

3. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1884)
"nitrous oxide produces no chemical or morphological changes in the blood of animals, but is simply dissolved in it and again excreted, while apparently it ..."

4. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1913)
"The authorities say that in these conditions nitrous oxide is contra-indicated, ... Just recently I administered nitrous oxide to a woman, 71 years old, ..."

5. The Collected Works of Sir Humphry Davy by Humphry Davy, John Davy (1839)
"It is probable that nitrous oxide may be combined with ammonia, by means of double affinity. Perhaps sulphate of ammonia and the combination of potash with ..."

6. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1871)
"S. nitrous oxide may also be obtained by decomposing nitric acid or a nitrate with a solution of ... nitrous oxide is at ordinary temperatures a colourless, ..."

7. The Principles of Chemistry by Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleyev (1891)
"PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY nitrous oxide forms a very mobile, colourless liquid, which acts on the skin, and which is incapable in a cold state of oxidising ..."

8. A Textbook of Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Or, The Action of Drugs in by Arthur Robertson Cushny (1910)
"nitrous oxide. The oldest of the anaesthetics, nitrous oxide, N20, does not belong to the methane series, but may be discussed at this point. Symptoms. ..."

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