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betaine

noun be·ta·ine \ˈbē-tə-ˌēn\

Definition of BETAINE

:  a sweet crystalline quaternary ammonium salt C5H11NO2 obtained especially from sugar beets; also :  its hydrate or its hydrochloride

Origin of BETAINE

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin beta beet
First Known Use: 1875

betaine

noun be·ta·ine \ˈbēt-ə-ˌēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BETAINE

:  a sweet crystalline quaternary ammonium salt C5H11NO2 that was first isolated in beet juice and is used to treat homocystinuria and is also used in the form of its hydrochloride C5H11NO2·HCl as a source of hydrochloric acid especially to treat hypochlorhydria

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