phosphate definition by Webster's New World
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- a salt of phosphoric acid containing the trivalent, negative radical PO
- an uncharged ester of this acid
- any substance containing phosphates, used as a fertilizer
- ☆ a soft drink made with soda water, syrup, and, orig., a few drops of phosphoric acid
Origin: French ; from (acide) phosphorique ; from -ate, -ate
phosphate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- A salt or ester of phosphoric acid.
- A fertilizer containing phosphorus compounds.
- A soda fountain drink made by blending carbonated water with flavored syrup.
Origin: phosph(o)- + -ate2.
- phos·phatˈic adjective
phosphate - Medical Definition
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A salt or ester of phosphoric acid.adjective
Containing the trivalent radical PO4.
phosphate - Science Definition
A salt or ester of phosphoric acid, containing the group PO4. Phosphates are important in metabolism and are frequently used in fertilizers.