Meaning of glutamic acid

glu•tam'ic ac'id

Pronunciation: (gl-tam'ik), [key]
— Biochem. Biochem.
  1. an amino acid, HOOCCHCHCH(NH)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. Abbr.: Glu; Symbol: E
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