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phosphate

[ fos-feyt ]
/ ˈfɒs feɪt /
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noun
Chemistry.
  1. (loosely) a salt or ester of phosphoric acid.
  2. a tertiary salt of orthophosphoric acid, as sodium phosphate.
Agriculture. a fertilizing material containing compounds of phosphorus.
a carbonated drink of water and fruit syrup containing a little phosphoric acid.
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Origin of phosphate

First recorded in 1785–95; phosph- + -ate2

OTHER WORDS FROM phosphate

sub·phos·phate, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for phosphate

phosphate
/ (ˈfɒsfeɪt) /

noun
any salt or ester of any phosphoric acid, esp a salt of orthophosphoric acid
(often plural) any of several chemical fertilizers containing phosphorous compounds

Derived forms of phosphate

phosphatic (fɒsˈfætɪk), adjective

Word Origin for phosphate

C18: from French phosphat; see phosphorus, -ate 1
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Medical definitions for phosphate

phosphate
[ fŏsfāt′ ]

n.
A salt or ester of phosphoric acid.
adj.
Containing the trivalent radical PO4.
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Scientific definitions for phosphate

phosphate
[ fŏsfāt′ ]

A salt or ester of phosphoric acid, containing the group PO4. Phosphates are important in metabolism and are frequently used in fertilizers.
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