What is the difference between nitrous and nitrogen oxides?

Nitrogen oxides are oxides of nitrogen. There are number of nitrogen oxides like NO (nitric oxide), N2O3​ (Nitrogen sesquioxide), NO3​(nitrate) radical, N2O5(Dinitrogen pentoxide), N2O(Nitrous oxide) and NO2​(Nitrogen dioxide). All these are differ in the composition of N and O atom. Hence, we can say that nitrogen oxides is a general term used for oxides of nitrogen and nitrous oxide is a type of nitrogen oxides having formula N2O.


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