aspartame

[uh-spahr-teym, a-spahr-, as-per-teym]
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noun
  1. a white, crystalline, odorless, slightly water-soluble noncarbohydrate powder, C14H18N2O5, synthesized from amino acids, that is 150–200 times as sweet as sugar: used as a low-calorie sugar substitute in soft drinks, table sweeteners, and other food products.

Origin of aspartame

1970–75; aspart(yl phenyl)a(linine) m(ethyl) e(ster), the powder's chemical name
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Related Words for aspartame

aspartame, saccharin, sucralose

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British Dictionary definitions for aspartame

aspartame

noun
  1. an artificial sweetener produced from aspartic acid. Formula: C 14 H 18 N 2 O 5

Word Origin for aspartame

C20: from aspart (ic acid) + (phenyl) a (lanine) m (ethyl) e (ster)
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Word Origin and History for aspartame
n.

commercial name of an artificial sweetener, 1973, from aspartic acid (1836), formed irregularly from asparagine (1813), a compound found in asparagus, beet-root, etc., from asparagus + chemical suffix -ine (2). The reason for -ame is unknown.

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aspartame in Medicine

aspartame

[ăspər-tām′, ə-spär-]
n.
  1. A low-calorie, artificial sweetening agent derived from aspartic acid.
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aspartame in Science

aspartame

[ăspər-tām′, ə-spär-]
  1. An artificial sweetener formed from aspartic acid. Chemical formula: C14H18N2O5.
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