meat glue

noun

: 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 surimiJeffrey Steingarten, Vogue, August 2011

Word History

First Known Use

1998, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meat glue was in 1998

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“Meat glue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meat%20glue. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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