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[bee-tuh-een, -in; bih-tey-een, -in] /ˈbi təˌin, -ɪn; bɪˈteɪ in, -ɪn/
noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology
a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble, sweet-tasting alkaloid, C 5 H 11 NO 2 , usually obtained from sugar beets or synthesized from glycine, used chiefly in medicine.
Also, betain
[bee-tuh-in, bih-tey-] /ˈbi tə ɪn, bɪˈteɪ-/ (Show IPA)
1875-80; < Latin bēta beet + -ine2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for be tain


/ˈbiːtəˌiːn; -ɪn; bɪˈteɪiːn; -ɪn/
a sweet-tasting alkaloid that occurs in the sugar beet and other plants and in animals. Formula: C5H11NO2
(pl) a group of chemical compounds that resemble betaine and are slightly basic zwitterions
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Bēta beet + -ine²
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be tain in Medicine

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.

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be tain in Science
  (bē'tə-ēn', -ĭn)   
  1. 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 (CH3) groups.

  2. 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: C5H11NO2.

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