One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating an adverse drug reaction (originally to arsenicals, now especially to parenteral gold salts) characterized by facial flushing, nausea, dizziness, and rarely hypotension and syncope, resembling the effects of the vasodilator amyl nitrite.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Archives of Internal Medicine. From nitrite + -oid, after French nitritoïde.
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