nitrosamine

noun
ni·​tro·​sa·​mine | \ nī-ˈtrō-sə-ˌmēn How to pronounce nitrosamine (audio) \

Definition of nitrosamine

: any of various organic compounds which are characterized by the grouping NNO and some of which are powerful carcinogens

Examples of nitrosamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, nitrosamine impurities may increase the risk of cancer if people are exposed to them above acceptable levels and over long periods of time. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 19 July 2021 But Light says the detection method used in that paper was designed for food products and does not directly measure nitrosamines. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2019 The nitrosamine impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, has been classified as a probable human carcinogen based on lab tests, and this isn't the first time that it has been detected in a common medication. Doug Criss, CNN, 30 Sep. 2019 Nitrites, in certain conditions such as high temps and acidic environments, can then react with amino acids to form nitrosamines. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 14 Nov. 2019 The federal agency said the carcinogenic ingredient is a type of nitrosamine called N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. CBS News, 14 Sep. 2019 Preliminary testing found both brand name and generic versions of the heartburn and acid reflux drugs contained small amounts of a nitrosamine impurity called NDMA, or nitrosodimethylamine. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2019 The nitrosamine impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA has been classified as a probable human carcinogen based on lab tests, and this isn't the first time that it has been detected in a common medication. Jacqueline Howard And Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN, 13 Sep. 2019 The number of generic-drug versions that contain the class of chemicals, called nitrosamines, has been increasing since the issue first surfaced last summer. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of nitrosamine

1878, in the meaning defined above

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“Nitrosamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nitrosamine. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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nitrosamine

noun
ni·​tro·​sa·​mine | \ nī-ˈtrō-sə-ˌmēn How to pronounce nitrosamine (audio) \
variants: also nitrosoamine \ -​sō-​ə-​ˌmēn, -​ˈam-​ˌēn How to pronounce nitrosamine (audio) \

Medical Definition of nitrosamine

: any of various neutral compounds which are characterized by the group NNO and of which some are powerful carcinogens

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