carboxylate[kär bäks′ə lāt′]
a salt or ester of a carboxylic acid
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