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 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, "What We Know About the Possible Carcinogen Found in Zantac," 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, "CVS pulls Zantac and similar heartburn drugs because of cancer worries," 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, "Sautéed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon," 14 Nov. 2019 The federal agency said the carcinogenic ingredient is a type of nitrosamine called N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. CBS News, "Zantac has low levels of cancer-causing chemical, FDA warns," 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, "FDA finds small amounts of probable carcinogen in Zantac and other heartburn drugs," 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, "FDA finds low levels of cancer-linked impurity in common heartburn drugs," 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, "FDA Says Up to Two Million People Exposed to Likely Carcinogens in Blood-Pressure Drugs," 25 Jan. 2019 When cooked at high temperatures, nitrite and nitrate preservatives may react with compounds naturally found in meat to trigger the formation of toxins called nitrosamines. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "4 Ways to Make Grilling Healthier This Summer," 1 June 2018

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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 14 Aug. 2020.

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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 nitrosoamine (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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