Meaning of betaine

be•ta•ine

Pronunciation: (bē'tu-ēn", -in&wdspcbi-tā'ēn, -in), [key]
— n. Chem., Pharm.
  1. a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble, sweet-tasting alkaloid, CHNO, usually obtained from sugar beets or synthesized from glycine, used chiefly in medicine.
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