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noun Chemistry.
  1. a salt or ester of tartaric acid.
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Origin of tartrate

1785–95; tartr- (combining form representing tartar) + -ate2
Related formssu·per·tar·trate, noun
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Examples from the Web for tartrate

Historical Examples

  • Tartrate of antimony and potash, and tartrate of soda and potash.

    Strictly Business

    O. Henry

  • Made with tartrate of manganese, as syrup of malate of manganese.

  • In referring to the separation of potassium and sodium it is recommended to precipitate out the first in the form of tartrate.

    James Cutbush

    Edgar F. Smith

  • Tartrate of potash and soda indicate, under these circumstances, only the presence of cinchonidine.

  • Pure citric acid produces no such effect when added in excess to tartrate of potash.

British Dictionary definitions for tartrate


  1. any salt or ester of tartaric acid
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tartrate in Medicine


  1. A salt or ester of tartaric acid.
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tartrate in Science


  1. A salt or ester of tartaric acid, containing the group C4H4O6.
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