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Medical Term:

monosodium glutamate

Pronunciation: mon′ō-sō′dē-ŭm glū′tă-māt

Definition: The monosodium salt of the naturally occurring l form of glutamic acid; used as a flavor enhancer that is a cause or contributing factor to colloquially named “Chinese restaurant” syndrome; also used intravenously as an adjunct in treatment of encephalopathies associated with hepatic disease.