sulfonate

[ suhl-fuh-neyt ]
/ ˈsʌl fəˌneɪt /
Chemistry

noun

an ester or salt derived from a sulfonic acid.

verb (used with object), sul·fo·nat·ed, sul·fo·nat·ing.

to make into a sulfonic acid, as by treating an aromatic hydrocarbon with concentrated sulfuric acid.
to introduce the sulfonic group into (an organic compound).

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Origin of sulfonate

1875–80; sulfon(ic acid) + -ate1 or -ate2

OTHER WORDS FROM sulfonate

un·sul·fo·nat·ed, adjective
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Medical definitions for sulfonate

sulfonate
[ sŭlfə-nāt′ ]

n.

A salt or ester of sulfonic acid.

v.

To introduce one or more sulfonic acid groups into an organic compound.
To treat with sulfonic acid.

Other words from sulfonate

sul′fo•nation n.
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Scientific definitions for sulfonate

sulfonate
[ sŭlfə-nāt′ ]

A salt or ester of sulfonic acid, containing the group SO3H.
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