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

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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 And the condoms are free from nitrosamines, possible carcinogens found in many popular brands. David Gelles, New York Times, "Eco-friendly, Nontoxic and Vegan: It’s a Condom," 17 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of nitrosamine

1878, in the meaning defined above

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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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