a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C5H8NNaO4⋅H2O, used to intensify the flavor of foods.
- Also called MSG, sodium glutamate.
- Compare glutamic acid.
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How to use monosodium glutamate in a sentence
Mulamì (malamì) ang sud-an ug bitsinan, The food becomes tasty if monosodium glutamate is added to it.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan | John U. Wolff
British Dictionary definitions for monosodium glutamate
a white crystalline substance, the sodium salt of glutamic acid, that has little flavour itself but enhances the flavour of proteins either by increasing the amount of saliva produced in the mouth or by stimulating the taste buds: used as a food additive, esp in Chinese foods. Formula: NaC 5 H 8 O 4: Also called: sodium glutamate Abbreviation: MSG
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Scientific definitions for monosodium glutamate
A white, crystalline salt used to flavor food, especially in China and Japan. It occurs naturally in tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and seaweed. Chemical formula: C5H8NNaO4.
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