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[mal-eyt, mey-leyt]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a salt or ester of malic acid.
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Origin of malate

First recorded in 1785–95; mal(ic acid) + -ate2
Related formssu·per·mal·ate, noun
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Examples from the Web for malate

Historical Examples

  • Made with tartrate of manganese, as syrup of malate of manganese.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • In Malate: 38 signatures, 31 of indians, only 15 of whom understood Spanish.

    The Katipunan

    J. Brecknock Watson (AKA Francis St. Clair)

  • Further on in the same street is this convent of ours at Malate.

  • The temperature of the sea-water on the shore at Malate is usually 82°, and that of well-water about the same.

  • July 31 a battle was waged at Malate, a small town half way between Cavite and Manila.

British Dictionary definitions for malate


  1. any salt or ester of malic acid
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Word Origin

C18: from malic acid
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malate in Medicine


(mălāt′, mālāt′)
  1. A salt or ester of malic acid.
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malate in Science


[mălāt′, mālāt′]
  1. A salt or ester of malic acid, containing the group C4H4O5.
  2. See malic acid.
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