- a salt of phthalic acid containing the divalent, negative radical CH(COO)
- an uncharged ester of this acid
Origin of phthalatephthal(ic acid) + -ate (sense )
- A salt, ester, or anion of phthalic acid.
- Any of a group of esters of phthalic acid that are widely used in the manufacture of plastics and as synthetic additives in perfumes and cosmetics. These chemicals have been linked to reproductive and hormonal abnormalities in animals, including humans.
Origin of phthalatephthal(ic acid) + –ate2.