nitrogenous

adjective
ni·​trog·​e·​nous | \ nī-ˈträ-jə-nəs How to pronounce nitrogenous (audio) \

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

Examples of nitrogenous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mammals excrete their nitrogenous waste as urea in pee, but birds excrete it as uric acid in a sticky white paste. David Treuer, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Their frequent urination produces 55 to 110 gallons of methane each day and contains nitrogenous components that pollute Earth’s streams and rivers, make the waters dangerous for people to swim in or drink from, and pose a risk to wildlife. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of nitrogenous

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Nitrogenous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nitrogenous. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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nitrogenous

adjective
ni·​trog·​e·​nous | \ nī-ˈträj-ə-nəs How to pronounce nitrogenous (audio) \

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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