It is a product of the decomposition of choline, betaine, and neuridine, when these substances are distilled with potash.
A hydrochlorate, a sulphate, an aurochloride, and a platinic chloride of betaine have been prepared.
betaine and choline often occur together in the germs of many plants.
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.