bi·car·bon·ate | \(ˌ)bī-ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt, -nət\

Definition of bicarbonate 

: an acid carbonate

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Adding the hydroxide to water allows it to take up CO2 from the air, turning it into bicarbonate. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Splitting water for fuel while removing CO₂ from the air," 28 June 2018 Apply bicarbonate sprays to prevent the spread of infection. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 For early blight, apply potassium bicarbonate (baking soda) sprays starting 2 weeks before the time of year when symptoms would normally first appear. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 The optimal pH level for water is 7 to 8.0, and has a high bicarbonate count. Clay Skipper, GQ, "The Trainer to LeBron James and Victor Oladipo Shares the Recovery Secrets of NBA Stars," 31 May 2018 Alkaline waters, also dubious, increase pH to supposedly spare the body having to produce extra bicarbonate, giving the organs a holiday—but for no real reason. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "A Users Guide to Bottled Water," 3 May 2018 Carbon dioxide dissolved in rainwater is turned into bicarbonate, which trickles away in groundwater or rivers and eventually reaches the ocean. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Crush the right rock and spread it on farms to help soil and the climate," 22 Feb. 2018 Today, piping hot 104-degree water rich in sulfate, calcium, bicarbonate, and magnesium flows into Miette’s pair of voluminous pools, which are walled by mountain slopes frequented by bighorn sheep. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Top Wow Spots of Banff & Jasper National Parks," 22 Jan. 2018 For many departments in the United States, the toolkit includes the FIT-5, a grenade-like canister that douses flames with a potassium bicarbonate powder. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "18 bright ideas for 2018, from flying taxis to companion robots," 24 Dec. 2017

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1814, in the meaning defined above

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bi·car·bon·ate | \(ˈ)bī-ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt, -nət \

Medical Definition of bicarbonate 

: an acid carbonate

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