Aspartame definition

ăspər-tām, ə-spär-
An artificial sweetener, C14 H18 N2 O5 , formed from aspartic acid.
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An artificial, low-calorie sweetener, C14H18N2O5, about 200 times sweeter than sucrose, used in the manufacture of soft drinks, packaged cereals, etc.
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An artificial sweetener, C14 H18 N2 O5 , whose metabolic breakdown products include aspartic acid and phenylalanine. It must be avoided by people with phenylketonuria.
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An artificial sweetener formed from aspartic acid. Chemical formula: C14H18N2O5.
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(organic chemistry) An artificial sweetener, the methyl ester of a dipeptide formed from aspartic acid and phenylalanine, used in many processed foods and beverages.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
aspartame
Plural:
aspartames

Origin of aspartame

  • aspart(ic acid) (phenyl)a(lanine) m(ethyl) e(ster)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition