decarboxylate

[ dee-kahr-bok-suh-leyt ]
/ ˌdi kɑrˈbɒk səˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), de·car·box·yl·at·ed, de·car·box·yl·at·ing. Chemistry.

to remove the carboxyl group from (an organic compound).

Origin of decarboxylate

First recorded in 1920–25; de- + carboxylate
Related formsde·car·box·yl·a·tion, noun
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