heterocyclic amine

noun

: an amine containing one or more closed rings of carbon and nitrogen
especially : any of various carcinogenic amines formed when creatine or creatinine reacts with free amino acids and sugar in meat cooked at high temperatures

Examples of heterocyclic amine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When muscle meats are over-cooked and burned, chemicals called HCAs (heterocyclic amines) are formed, which have been linked to an increased cancer risk in animals. NBC News, 21 June 2019 Grill like a pescatarian Cooking most meat at temperatures above 300°F can produce potentially cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCAs), according to the National Cancer Institute. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 1 June 2018 The rub: Cooking meat at high temperatures over an open flame to create that great grilled flavor also creates cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heterocyclic amine was in 1984

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“Heterocyclic amine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterocyclic%20amine. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

heterocyclic amine

noun
: an amine containing one or more closed rings of carbon and nitrogen
especially : any of various carcinogenic amines that are formed when creatine or creatinine reacts with free amino acids and sugar in meat cooked at high temperature
abbreviation HCA
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