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What is magnesium nitrite trihydrate?

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Magnesium nitrite trihydrate is a combination of magnesium nitrite and water, as represented by the formula Mg(NO2)2.3H2O. Magnesium nitrite trihydrate is formed when a molecule of magnesium nitrite crystallizes with three molecules of H2O.

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As the solution of magnesium nitrite trihydrate decomposes, it eventually separates out, so that when the water is evaporated, it produces nitric oxide. The compound can be produced through a reaction of barium nitrite and magnesium sulphate or from a reaction of silver nitrite with either magnesia or magnesium chloride. It's crystalline form is yellow and white. Magnesium nitrite has a molar mass of about 116.31 grams per mole.

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