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nitric

[nahy-trik] /ˈnaɪ trɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
1.
containing nitrogen, usually in the pentavalent state.
2.
of or pertaining to niter.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; nitr- + -ic, modeled on French nitrique
Related forms
nonnitric, adjective
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  • Acid rain describes any form of precipitation with high levels of nitric and sulfuric acids.
  • Nitrogen oxides react in the atmosphere to create nitric acid, which collects in clouds and water droplets and falls as acid rain.
  • These bacteria set the normal basal nitric oxide level by oxidizing the ammonia in sweat into nitric oxide and nitrite.
  • Alterations in nitric oxide physiology can have a profound effect on brain function.
  • The two enzymes work in tandem to regulate the production of nitric oxide, a gas that relaxes blood vessels.
  • The addition of nitric oxide, a gas that dilates blood vessels, may offer additional benefits.
  • The facility includes ammonia, urea, nitric acid and solution blending operations.
  • It aids in the body's synthesis of nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels to widen.
  • The discovery follows a finding that another simple gas, nitric oxide, can also signal nerve cells.
  • Have patients inhale nitric oxide to test the ability of blood vessels to open.
British Dictionary definitions for nitric

nitric

/ˈnaɪtrɪk/
adjective
1.
of or containing nitrogen, esp in the pentavalent state
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Word Origin and History for nitric
adj.

1794, originally in reference to acid obtained initially from distillation of saltpeter; see nitre + -ic. Perhaps immediately from French nitrique. Known as aqua fortis, later acid spirit of nitre, then nitric acid. (1787) under the system ordered by Lavoisier.

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nitric in Science
nitric
  (nī'trĭk)   
Containing nitrogen, especially nitrogen with a valence of 5. Compare nitrous.
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