meat glue

noun

Definition of meat glue

: the enzyme transglutaminase when used as a binding agent especially to unite smaller pieces of food (such as meat, poultry, or seafood) into large uniform pieces by forming bonds between proteins Transglutaminase causes proteins to stick to one another, which is why some call it meat glue; the Japanese have long used it to make the mock crab called surimi— Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue, August 2011

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First Known Use of meat glue

1998, in the meaning defined above

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“Meat glue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meat%20glue. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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