Inorganic compound, one of the oxides of nitrogen. A colourless gas with a pleasantly sweetish odour and taste, it has an analgesic effect when inhaled; it is used as an anesthetic (often called just “gas”) in dentistry and surgery. This effect is preceded by mild hysteria, sometimes with laughter, hence the name laughing gas. It is also used as a propellant in food aerosols and as a leak detector.
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This enzyme belongs to the family of oxidoreductases, specifically those acting on other nitrogenous compounds as donors with other acceptors. The systematic name of this enzyme class is nitrogen:acceptor oxidoreductase (N2O-forming). Other names in common use include nitrous oxide reductase, N2O reductase, and nitrogen:(acceptor) oxidoreductase (N2O-forming). This enzyme participates in nitrogen metabolism. It employs one cofactor, copper.