|betaine (ˈbiːtəˌiːn, -ɪn, bɪˈteɪiːn, -ɪn)|
|1.||a sweet-tasting alkaloid that occurs in the sugar beet and other plants and in animals. Formula: C5H11NO2|
|2.||(plural) a group of chemical compounds that resemble betaine and are slightly basic zwitterions|
|[C19: from New Latin Bēta beet + |
betaine be·ta·ine (bē'tə-ēn', -ĭn)
A sweet crystalline alkaloid occurring in sugar beets and other plants and used in the treatment of muscular degeneration.
|betaine (bē'tə-ēn', -ĭn) Pronunciation Key