nitrosamine

[nahy-troh-suh-meen, nahy-trohs-am-in]
noun Chemistry.
any of a series of compounds with the type formula R 2 NNO, some of which are carcinogenic, formed in cured meats by the conversion of nitrite.

Origin:
1875–80; nitros- + amine

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nitrosamine (ˌnaɪtrəʊsəˈmiːn, ˌnaɪtrəʊsˈæmiːn)
 
n
any one of a class of neutral, usually yellow oily compounds containing the divalent group =NNO

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nitrosamine ni·tros·a·mine (nī-trō'sə-mēn', nī'trōs-ām'ēn)
n.
Any of a class of organic compounds present in various foods and other products and found to be carcinogenic and mutagenic in laboratory animals.

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nitrosamine   (nī-trō'sə-mēn', nī'trōs-ām'ēn)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of a class of organic compounds with the general formula R2NNO or RNHNO, where R is an organic radical. Nitrosamines are present in various foods and other products, and certain ones are very carcinogenic.
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Scientists have found that the nitrosamine level is directly related to the risk of cancer.
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