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nitrogen dioxide

noun, Chemistry
1.
a reddish-brown, highly poisonous gas, NO 2 , used as an intermediate in the manufacture of nitric and sulfuric acids, and as a nitrating and oxidizing agent; a major air pollutant from the exhaust of internal combustion engines that are not fitted with pollution control devices.
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  • When gasoline, coal or oil are burned, they give off sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
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nitrogen dioxide

noun
1.
a red-brown poisonous irritating gas that, at ordinary temperatures, exists in equilibrium with dinitrogen tetroxide. It is an intermediate in the manufacture of nitric acid, a nitrating agent, and also an oxidizer for rocket fuels. Formula: NO2
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