carbonate


1car·bon·ate

noun \ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt, -nət\

Definition of CARBONATE

:  a salt or ester of carbonic acid

First Known Use of CARBONATE

1794

Rhymes with CARBONATE

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2car·bon·ate

transitive verb \-ˌnāt\
car·bon·at·edcar·bon·at·ing

Definition of CARBONATE

1
:  to convert into a carbonate
2
:  to combine or infuse with carbon dioxide <carbonated beverages>
car·bon·ation \ˌkär-bə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

First Known Use of CARBONATE

1805

carbonate

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of two classes of chemical compounds—one inorganic and the other organic—that are derived from carbon dioxide (CO) or its water solution, carbonic acid (HCO). Inorganic carbonates (MCO or MCO, where M is a metal atom of, e.g., calcium or sodium) are salts of carbonic acid. The shells and other hard parts of shellfish are calcium carbonate, as is the limestone they turn into. Many other minerals, including calcite, dolomite, and aragonite, consist of or contain carbonates. Sodium carbonate is one of the world's most important basic chemical commodities. Organic carbonates are esters of carbonic acid and various alcohol groups (methyl, ethyl, or phenyl). These are liquids used as solvents and to synthesize plastics and other compounds.

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