monosodium glutamate mon·o·so·di·um glutamate
white crystalline compound used as a food additive to enhance flavor;
often used in Chinese cooking; "food manufacturers sometimes list MSG
simply as 'artificial flavors' in ingredient lists"
Abbr. MSG A white odorless crystalline compound that is a salt of
glutamic acid; it is used as a flavor enhancer in foods, an aplication
that may cause Chinese restaurant syndrome in sensitive people, and used
intravenously as an adjunct in treating encephalopathies associated with