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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a class of organic compounds with the general formula R2NNO or RNHNO, present in various foods and other products and found to be carcinogenic in laboratory animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a divalent functional group, >N.N=O
  • n. any of a class of organic compounds containing this group; prepared by the reaction of amines with nitrites; they are carcinogenic

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A class-name of compounds which contain the group , where R is an alphyl group such as phenyl, C6H5, and R' is an alkyl such as methyl, CH3. They are formed by the action of nitrous acid on secondary aromatic, aliphatic amines.
  • n. Same as nitrosamine red.

Etymologies

Latin nitrōsus, full of natron (from nitrum, natron; see niter) + amine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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