1. [ noun ] (chemistry) the radical -NO3 or any compound containing it (such as a salt or ester of nitric acid)
Related terms: salt group compound sodium_nitrate potassium_nitrate guncotton cellulose_nitrate nitroglycerin calcium_nitrate ammonium_nitrate uranyl_nitrate silver_nitrate nitro_group nitrify
2. [ verb ] (chemistry) treat with nitric acid, so as to change an organic compound into a nitrate

"nitroglycerin is obtained by nitrating glycerol"

Related terms: process chemistry
Similar spelling:   nitrite