any of a series of organic compounds derived from amines and containing the NNO group: they are found in foods, herbicides, and industrial products and are formed in the body from nitrates and nitrites: some are thought to be carcinogenic in humans
Origin of nitrosamine; from nitroso- + amine
The group, N2O, having a divalent nitrogen atom bonded to a nitrogen atom that is doubly bonded to an oxygen atom, or any of a series of organic compounds having two alkyl groups bonded to this group. Nitrosamines are present in various food products and are carcinogenic in laboratory animals.
Origin of nitrosamineLatin nitr&omacron;sus, full of natron (from nitrum, natron; see niter) + amine.