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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 itself consists of more than one ingredient (such as the cookie pieces which are a part of "cookies and cream" flavor 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.

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  • ingrédient — [ ɛ̃gredjɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1508; lat. ingrediens, p. prés. de ingredi « entrer dans » ♦ Élément qui entre dans la composition d une préparation ou d un mélange quelconque. Ingrédients d un médicament. ⇒ 2. composant; formule. Réunir les ingrédients d… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ingredient — INGREDIENT, ingrediente, s.n. Substanţă care intră ca accesoriu în compoziţia unui medicament, a unui aliment etc., fie pentru a i conferi anumite calităţi, ca material de umplutură într un produs etc.; ingredienţă. [pr.: di ent] – Din fr.… …   Dicționar Român

  • ingredient — UK US /ɪnˈgriːdiənt/ noun [C] ► one of the parts of something that is needed in order for a particular job, business, etc. to succeed: basic/key/main ingredient »Policymakers see capital investment as a key ingredient in an economic recovery.… …   Financial and business terms

  • Ingrédient — de cuisine Un ingrédient de cuisine est une substance, y compris les additifs alimentaires, utilisée dans la fabrication ou la préparation d un aliment et présent dans le produit fini bien que parfois sous une forme modifiée (codex alimentarius… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ingredient — In*gre di*ent, a. Entering as, or forming, an ingredient or component part. [1913 Webster] Acts where no sin is ingredient. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ingredient — INGREDIENT. s. m. Quelque chose que ce soit qui entre dans une sausse, dans une medecine, dans un sirop, &c. Bon, mauvais ingredient. le principal ingredient. il entre bien des ingredients dans cette medecine, dans cette sausse, dans cette… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Ingredient — In*gre di*ent, n. [F. ingr[ e]dient, L. ingrediens, entis, entering into, p. pr. of ingredi, p. p. ingressus, to go into, to enter; pref. in in + gradi to walk, go. See {Grade}.] That which enters into a compound, or is a component part of any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ingredient — ingrediènt m. ingrédient ; élément. voir element …   Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

  • ingredient — I noun aspect, component, component part, constituent, constituent part, content, element, essential part, factor, feature, fragment, fundamental part, integral part, member, membrum, pars, part, section, sector, unit, unit of composition, vital… …   Law dictionary

  • ingredient — early 15c., from L. ingredientem (nom. ingrediens) that which enters into (a compound, recipe, etc.), prp. of ingredi go in, enter, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + gradi to step, go (see GRADE (Cf. grade)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ingredient — n constituent, component, *element, factor Analogous words: *item, detail, particular Contrasted words: compound, composite, amalgam, *mixture, admixture, blend …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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