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Meaning of nitrous

ni•trous

Pronunciation: (nī'trus), [key]
— adj. Chem.
  1. pertaining to compounds obtained from niter, usually containing less oxygen than the corresponding nitric compounds.
  2. containing nitrogen, usually in the trivalent state.
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