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Meaning of nitrosamine

ni•tros•a•mine

Pronunciation: (nī-trō'su-mēn", nī"trōs-am'in), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. any of a series of compounds with the type formula RNNO, some of which are carcinogenic, formed in cured meats by the conversion of nitrite.
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