monosodium glutamate

mono·​so·​di·​um glu·​ta·​mate | \ ˌmä-nə-ˌsō-dē-əm-ˈglü-tə-ˌmāt How to pronounce monosodium glutamate (audio) \

Definition of monosodium glutamate

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

Examples of monosodium glutamate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nestle previously faced consumer outrage in India in 2015 after Delhi state officials claimed lead and monosodium glutamate in Nestle’s Maggi instant noodles were above the permissible limit. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2022 Review the nutrition labels -- besides salt, the label could use terms such as monosodium glutamate (MSG, common in Chinese food), sodium citrate, sodium alginate and sodium phosphate. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 13 Oct. 2021 The food products included more than 25,000 boxes and bags of bulk ready-to-eat spices and food additives, including monosodium glutamate, crushed red chili, and sesame seeds, the FDA said. Ben Tinker, CNN, 2 Oct. 2021 Cannick was referring to the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 Ajinomoto is renowned for inventing monosodium glutamate—the controversial flavor enhancer that adds umami to dishes. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 But one ingredient to watch out for, claims one social media post, is MSG, or monosodium glutamate. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 26 June 2021 For me that came in the form of one perfect ingredient: MSG, which stands for monosodium glutamate. Shaad D'souza, Bon Appétit, 21 Apr. 2021 Commercial brands are flavor bombs pumped with monosodium glutamate — MSG — that can make almost anything taste better. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of monosodium glutamate

1929, in the meaning defined above

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monosodium glutamate

mono·​so·​di·​um glu·​ta·​mate | \ ˌmän-ə-ˌsōd-ē-əm-ˈglüt-ə-ˌmāt How to pronounce monosodium glutamate (audio) \

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

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