Definition of Sodium nitrite

1. Noun. Nitrite used to preserve and color food especially in meat and fish products; implicated in the formation of suspected carcinogens.

Generic synonyms: Nitrite

Definition of Sodium nitrite

1. Noun. (chemistry) The sodium salt of nitrous acid, NaNO2; used as a food preservative and in many industrial applications. ¹

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Medical Definition of Sodium nitrite

1. Nitrous acid sodium salt. Used in many industrial processes, in meat curing, colouring, and preserving, and as a reagent in analytical chemistry. It is used therapeutically as an antidote in cyanide poisoning. The compound is toxic and mutagenic and will react in vivo with secondary or tertiary amines thereby producing highly carcinogenic nitrosamines. Pharmacological action: antidotes, food preservatives, indicators and reagents, mutagens. Chemical name: Nitrous acid, sodium salt (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sodium Nitrite

sodium iodide iodine-131
sodium isotopes
sodium lactate
sodium lamp
sodium lamps
sodium lauryl sulfate
sodium lauryl sulphate
sodium levothyroxine
sodium liothyronine
sodium metabisulfite
sodium methicillin
sodium methylarsonate
sodium methylprednisolone succinate
sodium morrhuate
sodium nitrate
sodium nitrite (current term)
sodium nitroferricyanide
sodium nitroprusside
sodium nucleate
sodium orthophosphate
sodium oxybate
sodium p-aminohippurate
sodium p-aminophenylarsonate
sodium perborate
sodium peroxide
sodium pertechnetate
sodium pertechnetate tc 99m
sodium phenolsulfonate
sodium phosphate
sodium polyanhydromannuronic acid sulfate

Literary usage of Sodium nitrite

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

1. American Druggist (1893)
"The nitrile is liberated by acting upon sodium nitrite with sulphuric acid. ... The statement is made that the so called CP fused sodium nitrite in sticks ..."

2. The Phase Rule and Its Applications by Alexander Findlay (1908)
"Mention may also be made here of the preparation of barium nitrite by double decomposition of barium chloride and sodium nitrite.1 The reaction with which ..."

3. The Chemical News and Journal of Industrial Science (1898)
"Mr. GROVES remarked that sodium nitrite is manufactured on a large scale for use in the colour industry, and is sent into the market nearly pure, ..."

4. Laboratory Methods of Inorganic Chemistry by Heinrich Biltz, Wilhelm Biltz (1909)
"sodium nitrite from Sodium Nitrate. Sodium nitrate, when melted with a reducing agent such as lead, loses one-third of its oxygen and goes over into the ..."

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