Definition of phosphate in English:

phosphate

Line breaks: phos|phate
Pronunciation: /ˈfɒsfeɪt
 
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noun

Chemistry
  • A salt or ester of phosphoric acid, containing PO43− or a related anion or a group such as —OPO(OH)2.
    More example sentences
    • Several formulations are available, and all are based on fertilizers such as urea, ammonium nitrate, ammoniated phosphates, potassium sulfate, potassium nitrate.
    • Phosphoric acid and its phosphate derivatives are essential in human nutrition.
    • It occurs in all kinds of minerals, such as oxides, carbonates, nitrates, sulfates, and phosphates.

Origin

late 18th century: from French, from phosphore 'phosphorus'.

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