-oate

noun suffix
-o·​ate | \ əˌwāt, usually -āt+V \
plural -s

Definition of -oate

: salt or ester of a carboxylic acid with a name ending in -oic caproate octanoate

History and Etymology for -oate

-oic + -ate

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“-oate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-oate. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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