butyl nitrite


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butyl nitrite

n.
A colorless, volatile liquid butyl ester of nitrous acid, C4H9NO2, included as an ingredient in some household room deodorizers and used illicitly to induce euphoria and enhance sexual stimulation.
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The possibility of a cytochrome bs methemoglobin reductase deficiency was considered because of prolonged cyanosis and because butyl nitrite had not been shown to cause such a symptomatic methemoglobinemia.
Fechter says this dose exceeds what people probably would inhale, but butyl nitrite users tend to breathe the drug in loud environments -- such as discotheques and concert halls -- that compound hearing-loss risk.
Furthermore, studies of HIV seroconversion among older, non-monogamous gay men have found an association between unprotected receptive anal sex and the use of amyl and butyl nitrites, rather than data that support Rotello's assertion that the total number of sexual partners is predictive of seroconversion (Ostrow, Beltran, Joseph, DiFranceisco, Wesch, & Chmiel, 1993).