umami

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noun uma·mi \ü-ˈmä-mē\

Definition of umami

  1. :  a taste sensation that is meaty or savory and is produced by several amino acids and nucleotides (such as glutamate and aspartate)

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A Japanese scientist was the first to discover the savory taste of the amino acid glutamic acid, which was found to occur in soup stocks made with seaweed. This fifth basic taste - alongside sweet, sour, salty, and bitter - was named umami, meaning "savoriness" in Japanese. Umami can be experienced in foods such as mushrooms, anchovies, and mature cheeses, as well as in foods enhanced with monosodium glutamate, or MSG, a sodium salt derived from glutamic acid.

Origin and Etymology of umami

Japanese, savoriness, flavor


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umami

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noun uma·mi \ü-ˈmä-mē\

Medical Definition of umami

  1. :  a taste sensation that is meaty or savory and is produced by several amino acids and nucleotides (as aspartate, inosinate, and glutamate)

umami

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