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salts of nitrous acid, HNO2. Nitrites are colorless, crystalline compounds that are thermally less stable than nitrates. The nature of decomposition depends on the cation. For example, 2Ba(NO2)2 = BaO + Ba(NO3)2 + NO2 + ½N2, whereas 2AgNO2 = AgNO3 + Ag + NO.

Almost all nitrites are highly soluble in water (an exception is AgNO2). Nitrites may have both oxidizing and reducing properties.

Nitrites are obtained by the action of a mixture of NO and NO2 on oxides and hydroxides, by the reduction of nitrates, and by exchange reactions. They are used mainly in the production of azo dyes. (The most important nitrites are described in separate articles—see, for example, SODIUM NITRITE.)

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It said one possible reason was that nitrites in the body can form carcinogenic compounds called nitrosamines that can damage DNA.
Nitrites were blamed as one possible reason for this, as they can form carcinogenic compounds called nitrosamines that can damage DNA.
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The World Health Organization considers nitrites and nitrates to be probable human carcinogens; California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is now considering a similar designation.
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