Nitrosamine meaning

nī-trōsə-mēn, nītrōs-ămēn
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The group, N2 O, 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.
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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.
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The group, N2 O, 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.
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Any of a class of organic compounds with the general formula R2 NNO or RNHNO, where R is an organic radical. Nitrosamines are present in various foods and other products, and certain ones are very carcinogenic.
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(chemistry) A divalent functional group, >N.N=O.
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(chemistry) Any of a class of organic compounds containing this group; prepared by the reaction of amines with nitrites; they are carcinogenic.
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Origin of nitrosamine

  • Latin nitrōsus full of natron (from nitrum natron niter) amine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition