A weak base identical with betaine; -- so named because found in the boxthorn (Lycium barbarum). See betaine.
A colorless element, HON(CH3)3CH2COOH, or, in anhydrous form, , contained in sugar-beet liquid, cotton-seeds, also vegetable services and products, as well as in urine. It types big crystals which come to be anhydrous at 100° C. and entice dampness through the atmosphere, and is of significant significance in plant physiology. Also referred to as betain, hydroxyneurine, or trimethylglyein.