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glutamate vs. glutamic acid

[ gloo-tuh-meyt ]
  1. a salt or ester of glutamic acid.
[ gloo-tam-ik ]
  1. an amino acid, HOOCCH2CH2CH(NH2)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. Abbreviation: Glu; Symbol: E

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