glutamic acid

glu·​tam·​ic acid | \ (ˌ)glü-ˈta-mik- How to pronounce glutamic acid (audio) \

Definition of glutamic acid

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Glutamate is a form of glutamic acid, an amino acid that’s naturally occurring in many common foods, like tomatoes and cheeses. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "We All Really Need to Stop Freaking Out About MSG," 20 June 2018 But when archaeologists dated samples of amino acids glycine and glutamic acid extracted from the collagen, their results lined up with the 13,000- to 12,795-year-old range for the antler artifacts. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New study adds evidence to debate over the only known Clovis burial," 18 June 2018 The switch works because miso delivers a wallop of glutamic acid — the chemical responsible for the savory, umami flavor, wrote J. Kenji López-Alt for Serious Eats back in 2012. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Vegan Kimchi Is Microbially Pretty Close to the Original," 7 May 2018 There’s natural sugar and glutamic acid that imparts an umami-rich flavor, ideal for a soup or dashi. Jay Carroll, Bon Appetit, "The Man Who Forages Some of the Cleanest Seaweed in the World," 27 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of glutamic acid

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glutamic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary gluten + amino + -ic

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“Glutamic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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glutamic acid

glu·​tam·​ic acid | \ (ˌ)glü-ˌtam-ik- How to pronounce glutamic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of glutamic acid

: 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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