monosodium glutamate

Definitions

Food

  • 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.

Medical

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

Travel

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