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sulfite

 [sul´fīt]
a salt of sulfurous acid. Sulfites are used as preservatives for salad, fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, beer, and dried fruit. In susceptible individuals, especially those with asthma, they can cause a severe reaction; because of this their use has been curtailed, and foods that contain them must be labeled.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

sul·fite

(sŭl'fīt),
A salt of sulfurous acid; elevated in cases of molybdenum cofactor deficiency.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

sulfite

Sulfiting agent Food industry An agent used as a food preservative; up to 5% of asthmatics are sensitive to sulfites–possibly due to low levels of sulfite oxidase, and respond to sulfites with nausea, diarrhea, bronchospasm, pruritus, edema, hives, potentially anaphylactic shock and death; some drugs used for asthma may contain sulfiting agents. See Food allergies, Pseudoallergies.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sul·fite

(sŭl'fīt)
A salt of sulfurous acid; elevated in cases of molybdenum cofactor deficiency.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Sulfite

A type of preservative that causes allergic reactions in some people.
Mentioned in: Bronchodilators
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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