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phosphorylate

[fos-fer-uh-leyt, fos-fawr-uh-, -for-]
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verb (used with object), phos·pho·ryl·at·ed, phos·pho·ryl·at·ing. Chemistry.
  1. to introduce the phosphoryl group into (an organic compound).
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Origin of phosphorylate

First recorded in 1930–35; phosphor- + -yl + -ate1
Related formsphos·pho·ryl·a·tion, noun
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