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[dahy-meth-uh l-nahy-troh-suh-meen, -nahy-trohs-am-in] /daɪˌmɛθ əl naɪˈtroʊ səˌmin, -ˌnaɪ troʊsˈæm ɪn/
noun, Chemistry
a yellow, water-soluble carcinogenic liquid, C 2 H 6 N 2 O, found in tobacco smoke and certain foods: known to be a potent carcinogen.
Abbreviation: DMN, DMNA.
Origin of dimethylnitrosamine
1960-65; dimethyl + nitrosamine Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was ultimately determined that their deaths were due to drinking lemonade poisoned with dimethylnitrosamine.
  • Effects of imipramine, nitrite, and dimethylnitrosamine on reproduction in mice.

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