monosodium glutamate

noun
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 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 Sucrose and sorbitol are sugars; gelatin, derived from collagen, is used in Jell-O and gummy bears; monosodium glutamate adds flavor to many dishes. Anne P. Kim, The Conversation, 13 Nov. 2020 More than monosodium glutamate, the most effective flavor enhancer to commandeer my taste buds is nostalgia. Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2020 Vaccine makers use stabilizers such as sucrose, sorbitol, gelatin and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Anne P. Kim, The Conversation, 13 Nov. 2020 Time breaks down the protein in the bean, which combines with the sodium in salt to form monosodium glutamate. Clarissa Wei, Bon Appétit, 19 Oct. 2020 The world’s biggest restaurant chain is currently testing chicken sandwiches with monosodium glutamate, an ingredient that adds a savory taste but has also drawn health concerns from consumers. Leslie Patton, Bloomberg.com, 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of monosodium glutamate

1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Monosodium glutamate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monosodium%20glutamate. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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monosodium glutamate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of monosodium glutamate

: a kind of salt used for seasoning foods

monosodium glutamate

noun
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

called also sodium glutamate

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