nitric oxide

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nitric oxide

n.
A colorless, poisonous gas, NO, produced by the partial oxidation of atmospheric nitrogen, by cellular metabolism, and as an intermediate during the manufacture of nitric acid from ammonia. In the body, nitric oxide is involved in oxygen transport to the tissues, the transmission of nerve impulses, and other physiological activities.

nitric oxide

n
(Elements & Compounds) a colourless slightly soluble gas forming red fumes of nitrogen dioxide in air. Formula: NO. Systematic name: nitrogen monoxide

ni′tric ox′ide


n.
a colorless, slightly water-soluble gas, NO, an intermediate in the manufacture of nitric acid.
[1800–10]
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NO, a kind of endogenous endothelium-derived relaxing factor has been found having a vital role in the pathological and physiological process of many diseases.
These include the discovery of the vasodilator prostacyclin, that of endothelium-derived relaxing factor and its identification as nitric oxide (NO).
In 1980 Furchgott and Zawadzki discovered that undamaged endothelium under the influence of acetylcholine produces an endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF).
Under normal conditions, the endothelium maintains comparatively low basal vascular tone by the production and release of factors that relax vascular smooth muscle, including prostacyclin, endothelium-derived relaxing factor, and endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor.
Phosphodiesterase inhibitors induce endothelium-dependent relaxation of rat and rabbit aorta by potentiating the effects of spontaneously released endothelium-derived relaxing factor.
Antiplatelet properties of protein S-nitrosothiols derived from nitric oxide and endothelium-derived relaxing factor.

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