One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A yellowish volatile synthetic liquid used medicinally as a vasodilator. It is rapidly absorbed by the body on inhalation, and is sometimes used for its stimulatory effects.
- ‘As he explains, amyl nitrite in ‘poppers’ is administered by inhalation.’
- ‘In 1857, inhalation of amyl nitrite, a volatile liquid and known vasodilator, was found to relieve anginal pain; however, the duration of action was brief and the dosage difficult to control.’
- ‘Some analogous alkyl nitrites, such as amyl nitrite, are known sensitizers in humans.’
- ‘Inhalation of amyl nitrite, as well as isobutyl nitrite, purportedly enhances sexual pleasure and produces euphoria.’
- ‘I presume they put you on nitroglycerin or amyl nitrite?’
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