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betaine

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Singular
betaine

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betaine (s)
  1. (uncountable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A sweet, crystalline compound (not an alkaloid), trimethylammoniumacetate, found in sugar beet and similar plants, sometimes used to treat muscular degeneracy; the zwitterion (CH3)3N+CH2COO-
  2. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any derivative of this compound.
  3. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any similar compound, based on sulfur or phosphorus etc, having an onium ion with no hydrogen atom adjacent to the anionic atom.

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