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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



heterocyclic amine  listen  (HEH-teh-roh-SY-klik A-meen)

  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.