- (loosely) a salt or ester of phosphoric acid.
- a tertiary salt of orthophosphoric acid, as sodium phosphate.
OTHER WORDS FROM phosphatesub·phos·phate, noun
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They discovered a biochemical phenomenon called reversible protein phosphorylation, in which a natural process adds or removes phosphates in cell proteins.Edmond Fischer, who won Nobel Prize for discoveries about proteins in cells, dies at 101|Matt Schudel|September 1, 2021|Washington Post
Kalion’s first target is phosphates, because of their immediate commercial applications.
Water treatment plants, for example, have long relied on phosphates to prevent corrosion in pipes and to bind with metals like lead and copper so they don’t leach into the water supply.
Glucaric acid does the same work as phosphates without feeding those toxic blooms.
Each strand has a backbone of sugars and phosphate molecules.
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.