heterocyclic amine

Definition / meaning of heterocyclic amine

A chemical that is formed when meat, poultry, or fish is cooked at high temperatures, such as frying, broiling, and barbecuing. Heterocyclic amines are carcinogens (substances that may cause cancer). Also called HCA.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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