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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for decarboxylation



the removal or loss of a carboxyl group from an organic compound
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decarboxylation in Medicine




Removal of a carboxyl group from a chemical compound, usually with hydrogen replacing it.
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