Share this entry

Share this page

nitrosamine

Syllabification: ni·tros·a·mine
Pronunciation: /nīˈtrōsəmēn
 
/

Definition of nitrosamine in English:

noun

Chemistry
A compound containing the group NNO attached to two organic groups. Compounds of this kind are generally carcinogenic.
Example sentences
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and it also inhibits the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines from dietary amines and nitrites.
  • When they are mixed with products containing nitrates, carcinogenic nitrosamines can be formed.
  • In the presence of amines and amino derivatives, this chemical can form nitrosamines that are known cancer-causers.

Origin

late 19th century: from nitroso- (relating to nitric oxide in combination) + amine.

Definition of nitrosamine in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…