nitrosamine

noun

ni·​tro·​sa·​mine nī-ˈtrō-sə-ˌmēn How to pronounce nitrosamine (audio)
: 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 These foods also contain high levels of sodium nitrite, a compound that may convert into nitrosamines and increase the risk of gastric cancer. Barbara Brody, Fortune Well, 17 Aug. 2023 For instance, vaping releases potential carcinogens like nitrosamines, which may have long-term implications for kids' health. Sandra Gordon, Parents, 31 July 2023 These alternatives use natural sources of nitrate, such as celery juice, which can still form nitrosamines but in lower quantities. Delaney Nothaft, USA TODAY, 30 June 2023 Aurobindo Pharma USA is recalling two lots of quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets due to levels of nitrosamine. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2022 Pfizer Canada recalled Accuretic earlier in March, for the same reason of high nitrosamine levels. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 Pfizer is recalling blood pressure medication Accuretic due to its elevated levels of nitrosamine—a chemical compound that can increase the risk of cancer. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 Pfizer is voluntarily recalling several lots of blood pressure medication due to elevated levels of nitrosamine, which can increase the risk of cancer. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 Drug manufacturer Pfizer has issued a nationwide recall of some blood pressure medication due to the presence of nitrosamine above Acceptable Daily Intake levels. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 25 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nitrosamine was in 1878

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“Nitrosamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nitrosamine. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

nitrosamine

noun
ni·​tro·​sa·​mine nī-ˈtrō-sə-ˌmēn How to pronounce nitrosamine (audio)
variants also nitrosoamine
: any of various neutral compounds which are characterized by the group NNO and of which some are powerful carcinogens

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