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N-nitrosamine

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    An N-nitrosamine is a compound that has the following general structural formula.

    nnitrosamine1.png

    R1 and R2 could be hydrogen atoms, alkyl groups, aryl groups, or any combination thereof.

    eg:

    nnitrosamine2.png

    An N-nitrosamine is stable only if neither R1 nor R2 is a hydrogen atom. Thus, 1 is unstable, and 2 and 3 are stable. 1 exists mostly as the tautomer (4), which is called a diazotic acid.

    nnitrosamine3.png

    see also nitroso group


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