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glutamic acid

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noun glu·tam·ic acid \(ˌ)glü-ˈta-mik-\

Definition of glutamic acid

  1. :  a crystalline amino acid C5H9NO4 widely distributed in plant and animal proteins



Origin and Etymology of glutamic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary gluten + amino + -ic


First Known Use: 1871


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glutamic acid

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noun glu·tam·ic acid \(ˌ)glü-ˌtam-ik-\

Medical Definition of glutamic acid

  1. :  a crystalline amino acid C5H9NO4 that is widely distributed in plant and animal proteins and that acts throughout the central nervous system especially in the form of a salt or ester as a neurotransmitter which excites postsynaptic neurons—abbreviation Glu




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