sodium nitroprussidemedical dictionary

(Na2FeCCN)5NO-5H2O;a rapidly acting and potent arterial and venous vasodilator used in hypertensive emergencies and administered intravenously. Acts in a manner similar to vasodilator nitrates and nitrites by donating nitric oxide which produces vasodilation; also used as a reagent for detection of organic compounds in the urine.

Synonyms: sodium nitroferricyanide.

(05 Mar 2000)