betaine [ bee-t uh-een, -in; bih- tey-een, -in] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Chemistry, Pharmacology a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble, sweet-tasting alkaloid, C 5H 11NO 2, usually obtained from sugar beets or synthesized from glycine, used chiefly in medicine.
be·ta·in [ bee-t uh-in, bih- tey-] /ˈbi tə ɪn, bɪˈteɪ-/
Origin of betaine 1875–80;
Latin bēta beet
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A hydrochlorate, a sulphate, an aurochloride, and a platinic chloride of
betaine have been prepared. Betaine and choline often occur together in the germs of many plants.
It is a product of the decomposition of choline,
betaine, and neuridine, when these substances are distilled with potash. British Dictionary definitions for betaine noun a sweet-tasting alkaloid that occurs in the sugar beet and other plants and in animals. Formula: C 5 H 11 NO 2 (plural) a group of chemical compounds that resemble betaine and are slightly basic zwitterions Word Origin for betaine
C19: from New Latin
Bēta beet + -ine ²
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n. A sweet crystalline alkaloid found in sugar beets and other plants, used to treat homocystinuria and other disorders.
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Any of a class of organic salts that are derived from amino acids and have a cationic (positively charged) component that consists of a nitrogen atom attached to three methyl (CH 3) groups. A salt of this class that is a sweet crystalline alkaloid first found in sugar beets but also widely occurring in other plants and in animals. Betaine is used in the treatment of muscular weakness and degeneration. Chemical formula: C 5H 11NO 2.
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