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A group of carcinogenic compounds with the general formula RR′NNO, where R and R′ are side groups with a variety of possible structures. Nitrosamines, which are a component of cigarette smoke, cause cancer in a number of organs, particularly in the liver, kidneys, and lungs. An example of a nitrosamine is dimethylnitrosamine, which has two methyl side groups (CH3–).

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Biological Sciences.

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