- Chemistry. a salt or ester of sulfuric acid.
- to combine, treat, or impregnate with sulfuric acid, a sulfate, or sulfates.
- to convert into a sulfate.
- Electricity. to form a deposit of lead-sulfate compound on (the lead electrodes of a storage battery).
- to become sulfated.
Origin of sulfate
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Word Origin and History for sulfation
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The addition of sulfate groups as esters to molecules.
- A salt or ester of sulfuric acid.
- The bivalent group SO4.
- A chemical compound containing such a group.
- To treat or react with sulfuric acid or a sulfate.
- To become sulfated.
- A salt or ester of sulfuric acid, containing the group SO4.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.