monosodium glutamate

monosodium glutamate
noun Date: 1929 a crystalline sodium salt C5H8NO4Na derived from glutamic acid and used to enhance the flavor of food — abbreviation MSG

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  • monosodium glutamate — n. The monosodium salt of the natural amino acid L glutamine ({C5H8NNaO4}), used as a food additive to enhance flavor; abbreviated MSG. It is usually marketed as the monhydrate ({C5H8NNaO4.H2O}). It is commmonly used in Chinese American… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • monosodium glutamate — ► NOUN ▪ a compound made by the breakdown of vegetable protein and used as a flavour enhancer in food …   English terms dictionary

  • monosodium glutamate — [män΄ə sō′dē əm] n. a white crystalline powder, NaC5H8NO4, derived from vegetable protein and used in foods as a flavor intensifier …   English World dictionary

  • Monosodium glutamate — This article is about the chemical compound. For its use in food, see glutamic acid (flavor). For glutamic acid in general, see glutamic acid. Monosodium glutamate …   Wikipedia

  • monosodium glutamate — Chem. a white, crystalline, water soluble powder, C5H8NNaO4·H2O, used to intensify the flavor of foods. Also called MSG, sodium glutamate. Cf. glutamic acid. [1925 30] * * * ▪ chemical compound also called  monosodium L glutamate , or  sodium… …   Universalium

  • monosodium glutamate — [[t]mɒ̱nəsoʊdiəm glu͟ːtəmeɪt[/t]] N UNCOUNT Monosodium glutamate is a substance which is sometimes added to savoury food to make it taste better. The abbreviation MSG is also used …   English dictionary

  • monosodium glutamate — The monosodium salt of the naturally occurring l form of glutamic acid; used as a flavor enhancer that is a cause or contributing factor to “Chinese restaurant” syndrome; also used intravenously as an adjunct in treatment of encephalopathies… …   Medical dictionary

  • monosodium glutamate — mon|o|sod|i|um glu|tam|ate [ˌmɔnəuˌsəudiəm ˈglu:təmeıt US ˌma:nəsou ] n [U] [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: glutamate from gluten] ↑MSG …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • monosodium glutamate — n. Chem. a sodium salt of glutamic acid used to flavour food (cf. GLUTAMATE) …   Useful english dictionary

  • monosodium glutamate — noun The mono sodium salt of the amino acid, glutamic acid; present in soy sauce; used as a condiment in Chinese and Japanese cooking, and as a food additive to enhance flavor and add the umami taste. Abbreviations: MSG, E621 …   Wiktionary

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