phosphate

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See also: Phosphate and phosphaté

English[edit]

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phosphate group 2D structural formula
phosphate ion 3D structural formula

Etymology[edit]

From French phosphate.

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Noun[edit]

phosphate (plural phosphates)

  1. (chemistry) Any salt or ester of phosphoric acid.
  2. (agriculture) Any fertiliser containing phosphate compounds.
  3. Guano (containing high levels of phosphates and harvested for the fertiliser industry).
  4. (US, regional, dated) A carbonated soft drink sweetened with fruit syrup and with some phosphoric acid.
    • 2002, Michael Raleigh, In the castle of the Flynns, page 180:
      “This man here,” she said, “can make you a cherry Coke or a chocolate Coke or a phosphate — a chocolate phosphate or. “Vanilla phosphate,” the man helped, “cherry phosphate, orange phosphate, lime phosphate, lemon phosphate,
    • 2008, Kathryn Kysar, Riding shotgun: women write about their mothers, page 106:
      You order California burgers for us both, even though I don't eat lettuce or tomato, then you order me a phosphate, cherry, a dreadful fizzy drink you say you always loved. It's bitter, bubbly, unbearable; but, thirsty for your past, force myself to drink it.

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Verb[edit]

phosphate (third-person singular simple present phosphates, present participle phosphating, simple past and past participle phosphated)

  1. To treat or coat with a phosphate or with phosphoric acid

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

phosphore +‎ -ate

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fɔs.fat/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

phosphate m (plural phosphates)

  1. phosphate

Descendants[edit]

  • English: phosphate

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