a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds containing the ester or >C=O group of the compound specified by the initial element: benzoate.

Nearby words

  1. -nik,
  2. -noia,
  3. -nomy,
  4. -o,
  5. -o-,
  6. -ock,
  7. -ocracy,
  8. -ode,
  9. -odont,
  10. -odontia

Origin of -oate

-o(ic) (as in benzoic) + -ate2

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