Definition of Chinese restaurant syndrome

1. Noun. Headache and tingling or burning feelings and sweating caused by eating food that contains monosodium glutamate.

Generic synonyms: Syndrome



Definition of Chinese restaurant syndrome

1. Noun. A syndrome associated with consumption of the westernized version of Chinese food, characterized by various symptoms such as burning and tingling sensations, rapid heartbeat, and drowsiness, and tentatively ascribed to monosodium glutamate in the food. ¹

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Medical Definition of Chinese restaurant syndrome

1. An acute hypersensitivity reaction to monosodium glutamate, a preservative common in Chinese food. This is characterised by a sudden onset of headache, heartburn, palpitations, sweating, swelling and flushing of the face. Some report a sense of increased facial pressure or tingling in the face. Symptoms generally start within 2 hours of eating foods rich in monosodium glutamate. This condition is generally self-limited and will resolve. Antihistamines can be helpful in some cases. (05 Jan 1998)

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Literary usage of Chinese restaurant syndrome

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"None developed the Chinese- restaurant syndrome. Substitution of glycine plus ammonium ion for glutamate (AAF) abolished the ..."

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