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trimethylamine

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noun tri·meth·yl·amine \ˌtrī-ˌmeth-əl-ˈam-ˌēn, -ə-ˈmēn\

Medical Definition of trimethylamine

  1. :  an irritating gaseous or volatile liquid tertiary amine (CH3)3N that has a fishy odor, is only slightly more basic than ammonia, is flammable and forms explosive mixtures with air, is formed as a degradation product of many nitrogenous animal and plant substances, and is used chiefly in making quaternary ammonium compounds (as choline)


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