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[sahy-kluh-meyt, sik-luh-] /ˈsaɪ kləˌmeɪt, ˈsɪk lə-/
any of several chemical compounds used as a noncaloric sweetening agent in foods and beverages: banned by the FDA in 1970 as a possible carcinogen.
1950-55; cyclam(ic acid) + -ate2 Unabridged
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  • Like many artificial sweeteners, the sweetness of cyclamate was discovered by accident.
British Dictionary definitions for cyclamate


/ˈsaɪkləˌmeɪt; ˈsɪkləˌmeɪt/
a salt or ester of cyclamic acid. Certain of the salts have a very sweet taste and were formerly used as food additives and sugar substitutes
Word Origin
C20: cycl(ohexyl-sulph)amate
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cyclamate in Medicine

cyclamate cy·cla·mate (sī'klə-māt', sĭk'lə-)
A salt or ester of cyclamic acid formerly used as a sweetening agent, especially calcium cyclamate or sodium cyclamate.

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cyclamate in Science
  (sī'klə-māt', sĭk'lə-)   
A salt or ester containing the group C6H12NO3S. Some cyclamates were formerly used as artificial sweeteners.
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Encyclopedia Article for cyclamate

odourless white crystalline powder that is used as a nonnutritive sweetener. The name usually denotes either calcium cyclamate or sodium cyclamate, both of which are salts of cyclohexylsulfamic acid (C6H11NHSO3H). These compounds are stable to heat and are readily soluble in water. Cyclamates have a very sweet taste, with about 30 times the sweetening power of sucrose. They are used as sweeteners in baked goods, confections, desserts, soft drinks, preserves, and salad dressings. They are often combined with saccharin to produce a synergistic sweetening effect

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