Definition for NI'TRO-GEN

NI'TRO-GEN, n. [Gr. νιτρον, niter, and γενναω, to produce.]

That element which is the basis of nitric acid, and the principal ingredient of atmospheric air. In a pure state, it is a colorless gas, wholly devoid of smell and taste. It was first noticed by Dr. Rutherford, in the year 1772. [See Azote.]

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