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 nitrosaminefrom 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 nitrōsus full of natron ( from nitrum natron ; see niter . ) amine