heterocyclic amine

noun

Definition of heterocyclic amine 

: 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

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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, "6 tips for healthy and safe grilling," 9 July 2018 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, "4 Ways to Make Grilling Healthier This Summer," 1 June 2018

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heterocyclic amine

noun

Medical Definition of heterocyclic amine 

: 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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