monosodium glutamate

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A white solid, C8H8NNaO4.H2O, used extensively as a flavour enhancer, especially in convenience foods. It is a salt of glutamic acid (an amino acid), from which it is prepared. It can cause an allergic reaction in some susceptible people who consume it.

Subjects: Chemistry — Medicine and Health.

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