a salt or ester of a carboxylic acid
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
to form a carboxylic acid by introducing a carboxyl group into (a compound)
A salt or ester of an organic acid, derived from the carboxyl group. Soaps, which are usually the sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids, are carboxylates.
- Of or relating to a carboxylate.
- Of or relating to the anionic conjugate base of a carboxylic acid, specifically the CO22− group
(third-person singular simple present carboxylates, present participle carboxylating, simple past and past participle carboxylated)
- (organic chemistry) To form a carboxyl group by introduction of carbon dioxide
- (organic chemistry) To react with a carboxylic acid