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[ fawr-meyt ]
/ ˈfɔr meɪt /

noun Chemistry.

a salt or ester of formic acid.

Nearby words

formalwear, formamidase, forman, formant, format, formate, formatio, formation, formation dance, formation rules, formative

Origin of formate

First recorded in 1800–10; form(ic) + -ate2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for formate


/ (ˈfɔːmeɪt) /


any salt or ester of formic acid containing the ion HCOO or the group HCOO–

Word Origin for formate

C19: from form (ic) + -ate 1
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Medicine definitions for formate


[ fôrmāt′ ]


A compound, such as a salt or ester of formic acid, that contains the HCOO- radical.
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Science definitions for formate


[ fôrmāt′ ]

A salt or ester of formic acid, containing the group HCOO.
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