from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A nonessential amino acid, C5H9NO4, occurring widely in plant and animal tissue and proteins, and having monosodium glutamate as a salt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A nonessential amino acid, α-amino-glutaric acid, occurring widely in animal and plant tissues; the salt, monosodium glutamate is used as a flavour-enhancing seasoning.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a nitrogenous organic acid obtained from certain albuminoids, as gluten; -- called also amido-glutaric acid.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an amino acid occurring in proteins; important in the nitrogen metabolism of plants; used in monosodium glutamate to enhance the flavor of meats
Like HbC, it has a glutamic acid to lysine change in the beta chain.
GAG means glutamic acid in the language of soil bacteria, the mustard weed, the alligator, and your aunt Gertrude.
The activating enzyme in the synthesis is glutamic acid decarboxylase.