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carboxylate

[ kahr-bok-suh-leyt ]

verb (used with object)

, car·box·yl·at·ed, car·box·yl·at·ing.
  1. to introduce the carboxyl group into (an organic compound).


noun

  1. a salt or ester of a carboxylic acid.

carboxylate

/ kɑːˈbɒksɪˌleɪt /

noun

  1. any salt or ester of a carboxylic acid having a formula of the type M(RCOO) x , where M is a metal and R an organic group, or R 1COOR², where R 1and R² are organic groups


carboxylate

/ kär-bŏksə-lāt′ /

  1. A salt or ester of an organic acid, containing the radical COO. Soaps, which are usually the sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids, are carboxylates.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of carboxylate1

First recorded in 1925–30; carboxyl + -ate 2

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