[mal-eyt, mey-leyt]

noun Chemistry.

a salt or ester of malic acid.

Origin of malate

First recorded in 1785–95; mal(ic acid) + -ate2
Related formssu·per·mal·ate, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any salt or ester of malic acid

Word Origin for malate

C18: from malic acid
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malate in Medicine


[mălāt′, mālāt′]


A salt or ester of malic acid.
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malate in Science


[mălāt′, mālāt′]

A salt or ester of malic acid, containing the group C4H4O5.
See malic acid.
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