- (loosely) a salt or ester of phosphoric acid.
- a tertiary salt of orthophosphoric acid, as sodium phosphate.
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OTHER WORDS FROM phosphatesub·phos·phate, noun
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That one molecule of DNA is made from many smaller molecules, including sugars and phosphates.
Until a year ago, phosphate mining had left gashes up to dozens of meters deep here.
The usual forms are: (a) Ammoniomagnesium phosphate crystals; (b) acid calcium phosphate crystals; and (c) amorphous phosphates.
When rapidly deposited, as by artificial precipitation, triple phosphate often takes feathery, star- or leaf-like forms.
The sediment usually contains abundant amorphous phosphates and crystals of triple phosphate and ammonium urate.
And phosphate of lime is also taken up by water containing carbonic acid, or even common salt in solution.
In general, bones may be said to contain about half their weight of phosphate of lime, and 10 or 12 per cent of water.