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Meaning of sodium nitrate

so'dium ni'trate

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. a crystalline, water-soluble compound, NaNO, that occurs naturally as soda niter: used in fertilizers, explosives, and glass, and as a color fixative in processed meats.
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