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Definition of "betaine" []

  • A sweet crystalline alkaloid, C5H11NO2, occurring in sugar beets and other plants and used in the treatment of certain metabolic disorders. (noun)
  • Any of several alkaloids with similar structures. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "betaine" in a sentence
  • "Oxalic acid, betacyanins, alkaloids such as betaine, cyanogenic compounds, saponins, sesquiterpenes, and polyphenols all have been reported present in various species."
  • ""Beetroots are rich in the nutrient betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health."
  • "This wheat has higher levels of folate, betaine, calcium, lutein, Onega-3 fatty acids, fiber, selenium and vitamin B-6 than annual whole wheat."