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    What does the β mean in a chemical?
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    In general chemistry, they describe variations in similar molecules, and with proteins, they can also describe some 3D structures such as α-helices and -sheets. I've also used α as shorthand for the word "anti-", for example, "sh α mu" can mean "sheep anti-mouse", meaning sheep antibodies that react to (that is, are "anti" towards) mouse antigens.


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    What's the context? In nuclear chemistry it could be referring to a beta decay, or in organic chemistry it could be referring to the beta carbon in a molecule.
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