nitrites Found in many plant foods, since they are rapidly formed by the reduction of naturally occurring nitrate. Nitrite is the essential agent in preserving meat by pickling, since it inhibits the growth of clostridia; it also combines with the myoglobin of meat to form the characteristic red nitrosomyoglobin. See also nitrosamines.
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