\ ə-ˈmēn How to pronounce amine (audio) , ˈa-ˌmēn How to pronounce amine (audio) \

Definition of amine

: any of a class of basic organic compounds derived from ammonia by replacement of hydrogen with one or more monovalent hydrocarbon radicals — compare amide sense 2

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Recent Examples on the Web Scientists had hypothesized that any drugs that raised the stomach’s pH could increase the growth of bacteria that produce nitrites, which could interact with chemicals called amines to produce nitrosamines. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "What We Know About the Possible Carcinogen Found in Zantac," 28 Oct. 2019 The molecules included amines, which are nitrogen- and oxygen-containing organic molecules that have some similar traits to those on Earth, according to the study's abstract. Fox News, "New organic molecules discovered on Saturn moon Enceladus," 3 Oct. 2019 Overly blackened or burn marks on most foods cause heterocylic amines, or HCAs, which have been proven to cause cancer in studies on animals. Alix Wall,, "Some much-loved American Jewish classic foods may increase risk of cancer," 10 July 2019 While there are organic pigments called AZO pigments available, multiple studies found that AZO pigments contain aromatic amines, which are known carcinogens. Bryan Proctor,, "Want a tattoo? Do your research first," 5 June 2019 The first captured carbon out of ambient air using a filter of base amines that would bind with more acidic CO2. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Company that sucks CO2 from air announces a new methane-producing plant," 4 Oct. 2018 Climeworks, along with other atmospheric CCS startups like Global Thermostat and Carbon Engineering, use compounds like amines or hydroxides to capture CO2. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Carbon Capture?," 13 Apr. 2018 The amine group could also explain an intriguing detail about the Novichok compounds, says UCSD pharmacologist Palmer Taylor. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "U.K. attack shines spotlight on deadly nerve agent developed by Soviet scientists," 19 Mar. 2018 More problems occurred when refinery operations restarted, resulting in the release of hydrogen sulfide and amine gases. Mark Schleifstein,, "Dramatic Chalmette Refinery flaring was result of accident, not routine, state says," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of amine

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amine

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin ammonia

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\ ə-ˈmēn How to pronounce amine (audio) , ˈam-ˌēn How to pronounce amine (audio) \

Medical Definition of amine

: any of a class of organic compounds derived from ammonia by replacement of one, two, or three hydrogen atoms with alkyl groups — see primary amine, secondary amine, tertiary amine

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