ascor·​bate ə-ˈskȯr-ˌbāt How to pronounce ascorbate (audio)
: a salt of ascorbic acid

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The apple's biggest fans might be food-service companies and restaurants, which currently rely on a chemical antioxidant called calcium ascorbate to keep sliced apples from browning. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 19 Feb. 2015 Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, which tends to be more stable than its counterparts. Glamour, 9 June 2022 That's why Sunday Riley's new cream is infused specifically with THD ascorbate, a stabilized and potent form of the antioxidant. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 29 Mar. 2022 The brand uses three different forms of vitamin C—ascorbic acid, 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate—to energize and brighten the skin. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 For the uninitiated, the particular form of vitamin C in Sea Vitamin C Serum, THD ascorbate, is an extremely stable, oil-soluble form of vitamin C, according to cosmetic chemist Ginger King. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, 20 Aug. 2020 Another option is Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, $85, which contains THD ascorbate, or our SELF Healthy Beauty Award winner, Vichy LiftActiv 15% Pure Vitamin C Serum Brightening Skin Corrector, $29, which contains ascorbic acid. Talia Abbas, SELF, 9 Oct. 2018 Our experts recommend keeping an eye out for a specific type of vitamin C, tetrahexyldecyl (THD) ascorbate, which is a stable form of ascorbic acid. Talia Abbas, SELF, 9 Oct. 2018 Also, some experts say that since THD ascorbate is stable, the formulation may last longer than vitamin C that is in active form. Talia Abbas, SELF, 9 Oct. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ascorbate was in 1938

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“Ascorbate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


ascor·​bate ə-ˈskȯr-ˌbāt How to pronounce ascorbate (audio) -bət How to pronounce ascorbate (audio)
: a salt of ascorbic acid
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