monosodium glutamate


mono·so·di·um glu·ta·mate

noun \ˌmä-nə-ˌsō-dē-əm-ˈglü-tə-ˌmāt\

: a kind of salt used for seasoning foods

Full Definition of MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE

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

First Known Use of MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE

1929

mono·so·di·um glu·ta·mate

noun \ˌmän-ə-ˌsōd-ē-əm-ˈglüt-ə-ˌmāt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE

: 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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