trimethylamine

noun

tri·​meth·​yl·​amine ˌtrī-ˌmeth-ᵊl-ˈam-ˌēn, -ə-ˈmēn How to pronounce trimethylamine (audio)
: 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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“Trimethylamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/trimethylamine. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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