CAS number 13010-20-3 N
PubChem 105035
ChemSpider 94772 YesY
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Molecular formula CH3N3O2
Molar mass 89.05 g mol−1
Exact mass 89.022526355 g mol-1
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Nitrosourea is both the name of a molecule, and a class of compounds that include a nitroso (R-NO) group and a urea.



Examples include:

Nitrosourea compounds are DNA alkylating agents and are often used in chemotherapy.[1] They are lipophilic and thus can cross the blood-brain barrier, making them useful in the treatment of brain tumors such as glioblastoma multiforme.[2]

Side effects

Some nitrosoureas (e.g. lomustine) have been associated with the development of interstitial lung disease.[3]


  1. ^ "Antineop". Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  2. ^ Takimoto CH, Calvo E. "Principles of oncologic pharmacotherapy". in Pazdur R, Wagman LD, Camphausen KA, Hoskins WJ (Eds) Cancer management: a multidisciplinary approach. 11 ed. 2008.
  3. ^ Tucci E, Verdiani P, Di Carlo S, Sforza V (1986). "Lomustine (CCNU)-induced pulmonary fibrosis". Tumori 72 (1): 95–8. PMID 3952821. 

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  • nitrosourea — ni·tro·so·urea …   English syllables

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