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monosodium glutamate

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noun mono·so·di·um glu·ta·mate \ˌmä-nə-ˌsō-dē-əm-ˈglü-tə-ˌmāt\

Simple Definition of monosodium glutamate

  • : a kind of salt used for seasoning foods

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of monosodium glutamate

  1. :  a crystalline sodium salt C5H8NO4Na derived from glutamic acid and used to enhance the flavor of food —abbreviation MSG

1929

First Known Use of monosodium glutamate

1929


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monosodium glutamate

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noun mono·so·di·um glu·ta·mate \ˌmän-ə-ˌsōd-ē-əm-ˈglüt-ə-ˌmāt\

Medical Definition of monosodium glutamate

  1. :  a crystalline salt C5H8NO4Na derived from glutamic acid that is used to enhance the flavor of food and medicinally to reduce ammonia levels in blood and tissues in ammoniacal azotemia (as in hepatic insufficiency)—abbreviation MSG; called also sodium glutamate; see chinese restaurant syndrome




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