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glutamic acid

[gloo-tam-ik] /gluˈtæm ɪk/
noun, Biochemistry.
an amino acid, HOOCCH 2 CH 2 CH(NH 2)COOH, obtained by hydrolysis from wheat gluten and sugar-beet residues, used commercially chiefly in the form of its sodium salt to intensify the flavor of meat or other food. Symbol: E.
Abbreviation: Glu;
Also, glutaminic acid
[gloo-tuh-min-ik, gloo-] /ˈglu təˈmɪn ɪk, ˌglu-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of glutamic acid
First recorded in 1870-75; glut(en) + amic Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for glutamic acid

glutamic acid

a nonessential amino acid, occurring in proteins, that acts as a neurotransmitter and plays a part in nitrogen metabolism
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glutamic acid in Medicine

glutamic acid glu·tam·ic acid (glōō-tām'ĭk)
Abbr. Glu
A nonessential amino acid occurring widely in plant and animal tissue and having a salt, monosodium glutamate, that is used as a flavor-intensifying seasoning.

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glutamic acid in Science
glutamic acid
A nonessential amino acid. Chemical formula: C5H9NO4. See more at amino acid.
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