Nitrite of Amyl. C5H11No2.
Prepared from amylic alcohol by the action of nitric or nitrous acid.
It may be obtained pure from the operative chemists. Care is necessary in the use of this powerful agent, as even smelling at the bottle may produce unpleasant sensations.
Characters and Tests. - An ethereal liquid of a yellowish colour, and peculiar not disagreeable odour. Specific gravity 0.877. Boiling point 205°. Insoluble in water; soluble in rectified spirit in all proportions. If it be added drop by drop to Caustic Potash while fused by the application of heat, Valerianate of Potash will be formed.
A notice is given in Hale's New Remedies.
Preparation. - Solution in rectified spirit.