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1 a component of a mixture or compound
2 an abstract part of something; "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech" [syn: component, constituent, element, factor]
3 food that is a component of a mixture in cooking; "the recipe lists all the fixings for a salad" [syn: fixings]

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  • /inˈgɹiːdiːən̩t/


  1. One of the parts of a whole.

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one of the parts of a whole

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This article is about ingredients in general. There is also an American soul and R&B group called The Main Ingredient.
An ingredient is a substance that forms part of a mixture (in a general sense). For example, in cooking, recipes specify which ingredients are used to prepare a specific dish. Many commercial products contain a secret ingredient that is purported to make them better than competing products. In the pharmaceutical industry, an active ingredient is that part of a formulation that yields the effect required by the customer.
National laws usually require prepared food products to display a list of ingredients, and specifically require that certain additives be listed.
In most developed countries, the law requires that ingredients be listed according to their relative quantity in the product. If an ingredient consists of more than one ingredient (such as cookie pieces in cookies and cream ice cream) then that ingredient is listed by what percentage of the total product it occupies, with its own ingredients displayed next to it in brackets.
ingredient in Danish: Ingrediens (mad)
ingredient in German: Inhaltsstoff
ingredient in French: Ingrédient de cuisine
ingredient in Indonesian: Bumbu dapur
ingredient in Italian: Ingrediente
ingredient in Dutch: Ingrediënt
ingredient in Portuguese: Ingrediente
ingredient in Sundanese: Bungbu dapur
ingredient in Ukrainian: Інгредієнт

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