monosodium glutamate



  • The white crystalline sodium salt of the amino acid, glutamic acid, a constituent of proteins now produced by fermentation. It has a distinctive meaty taste in itself but is used to enhance the flavour of other foods especially in Chinese cooking and in convenience foods.


  • noun a sodium salt of glutamic acid, often used to make food taste better.


  • noun a substance added to processed food to enhance the flavour, but causing a reaction in hypersensitive people.