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Sodium nitroprusside

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sodium nitroprusside

(Na2FeCCN)5NO-5H2O;a rapidly acting and potent arterial and venous vasodilator used in hypertensive emergencies and administered intravenously. Acts in a manner similar to vasodilator nitrates and nitrites by donating nitric oxide which produces vasodilation; also used as a reagent for detection of organic compounds in the urine.

Synonym: sodium nitroferricyanide.