nitrogenous

adjective
ni·trog·e·nous | \nī-ˈträ-jə-nəs \

Definition of nitrogenous 

: relating to, being, or containing nitrogen nitrogenous fertilizer Phospholipids are compounds of neutral fat, a phosphoric acid, and a nitrogenous base.— Sue Rodwell Williams

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The large-scale application of nitrogenous fertilizers generated via nitrogen fixing is already detectable in sediments remote from civilization, the scientists noted. Charles Q. Choi, Washington Post, "Could intelligent life have existed on Earth millions of years before humans?," 21 Apr. 2018 The main chemical components of poo are fats, carbohydrates (fiber), nitrogenous material, minerals (mainly potassium, calcium and phosphorous) and microorganisms. Naomi Deering, Smithsonian, "How Fake, Lab-Made Poop Can Improve Sanitation," 12 July 2017 The main chemical components of poo are fats, carbohydrates (fiber), nitrogenous material, minerals (mainly potassium, calcium and phosphorous) and microorganisms. Naomi Deering, Smithsonian, "How Fake, Lab-Made Poop Can Improve Sanitation," 12 July 2017 The besotted ants in turn defend their green udder against potentially destructive insect predators; clean away pathogenic fungi and bacteria; fertilize the soil with their nitrogenous waste; and spread the cactus’s seed to new sites. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "As Rains Ease in the West, Cactuses Shine Brighter Than Ever," 24 Apr. 2017

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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nitrogenous

adjective
ni·trog·e·nous | \nī-ˈträj-ə-nəs \

Medical Definition of nitrogenous 

: of, relating to, or containing nitrogen in combined form (as in nitrates or proteins) nitrogenous wastes in urine

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