Definition of nitrosamine in English:

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nitrosamine

Pronunciation: /nīˈtrōsəmēn/

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.

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Syllabification: ni·tros·a·mine

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