carbonate

[ noun kahr-buh-neyt, -nit; verb kahr-buh-neyt ]
/ noun ˈkɑr bəˌneɪt, -nɪt; verb ˈkɑr bəˌneɪt /
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noun

a salt or ester of carbonic acid.

verb (used with object), car·bon·at·ed, car·bon·at·ing.

to form into a carbonate.
to charge or impregnate with carbon dioxide: carbonated drinks.
to make sprightly; enliven.

Nearby words

  1. carbonade,
  2. carbonado,
  3. carbonara,
  4. carbonari,
  5. carbonatation,
  6. carbonated,
  7. carbonation,
  8. carbonatite,
  9. carbondale,
  10. carbonette

Origin of carbonate

1785–95; carbon(ic acid) + -ate2, later taken as -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for carbonates

carbonate

noun (ˈkɑːbəˌneɪt, -nɪt)

a salt or ester of carbonic acid. Carbonate salts contain the divalent ion CO 3 2–

verb (ˈkɑːbəˌneɪt)

to form or turn into a carbonate
(tr) to treat with carbon dioxide or carbonic acid, as in the manufacture of soft drinks

Word Origin for carbonate

C18: from French, from carbone carbon

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Medicine definitions for carbonates

carbonate

[ kärbə-nāt′ ]

n.

A salt or ester of carbonic acid.

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Science definitions for carbonates

carbonate

[ kärbə-nāt′ ]

Noun

A salt or ester of carbonic acid, containing the group CO3. The reaction of carbonic acid with a metal results in a salt (such as sodium carbonate), and the reaction of carbonic acid with an organic compound results in an ester (such as diethyl carbonate).
Any other compound containing the group CO3. Carbonates include minerals such as calcite and aragonite.
Sediment or a sedimentary rock formed by the precipitation of organic or inorganic carbon from an aqueous solution of carbonates of calcium, magnesium, or iron. Limestone is a carbonate rock.

Verb

To add carbon dioxide to a substance, such as a beverage.
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