|sodium nitrite||medical dictionary|
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.
Chemical name: Nitrous acid, sodium salt
(12 Dec 1998)
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