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aspartame

[ uh-spahr-teym, a-spahr-, as-per-teym ]
/ əˈspɑr teɪm, æˈspɑr-, ˈæs pərˌteɪm /
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noun

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.

RELATED WORDS

saccharin, sucralose

Nearby words

asparaginic acid, asparagus, asparagus bean, asparagus beetle, asparagus fern, aspartame, aspartase, aspartate, aspartate aminotransferase, aspartic acid, aspasia

Origin of aspartame

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

  • Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet) and saccharine are more widely used.

    How to Watch Out for Hidden Sugar and Replace With Leaner Substitutes|Diana Le Dean|February 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for aspartame

aspartame

/ (əˈspɑːˌteɪm) /

noun

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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for aspartame

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for aspartame

aspartame

[ ăspər-tām′, ə-spär- ]

n.

A low-calorie, artificial sweetening agent derived from aspartic acid.
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Science definitions for aspartame

aspartame

[ ăspər-tām′, ə-spär- ]

An artificial sweetener formed from aspartic acid. Chemical formula: C14H18N2O5.
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