Meaning of hydrolyzed vegetable protein

hy'drolyzed veg'etable pro"tein

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a vegetable protein broken down into amino acids and used as a food additive to enhance flavor, esp. in soups, sauces, and processed meats. Abbr.: HVP, H.V.P.
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