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[nahy-trahyt] /ˈnaɪ traɪt/

Chemistry. a salt or ester of nitrous acid.
Nutrition. .
any salt or ester of nitrous acid

nitrite ni·trite (nī’trīt’)

A salt or ester of nitrous acid, containing the group NO2. Nitrites are an important component of the nitrogen cycle and are used as food preservatives. Compare nitrate.


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