bi·​car·​bon·​ate | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt How to pronounce bicarbonate (audio) , -nət \

Definition of bicarbonate

: an acid carbonate

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Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, adding more bicarbonate to the mix could increase production of harmless shells and other limestone and calcium items. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "How This Strange Green Sand Could Reverse Climate Change," 11 June 2020 Mildews are fungal, so baking soda, potassium bicarbonate and cornmeal tea sprays are effective. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to manage mildew and other problems in your vegetable garden," 22 Apr. 2020 Several gardeners have reported using Bordeaux mix and other copper products, Banner, potassium bicarbonate, and other products with no good results. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to solve problems with photinias without toxic chemicals," 6 Feb. 2020 Potassium bicarbonate and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) are acceptable for treating minor disease problems, but again need to be part of the overall procedure when treating tough diseases like Entomosporium on Photinia fraseri. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to solve problems with photinias without toxic chemicals," 6 Feb. 2020 Exposed to acidified water, sharks quickly began to pump bicarbonate, a base, into their blood to counteract the acid. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Acidifying Oceans Could Corrode the Tooth-Like Scales on Shark Skin," 21 Dec. 2019 Further innovation came 10 years later, when baking powder, a mixture of a carbonate or bicarbonate and a weak acid (like tartaric acid, for instance), became available. Robin Mather,, "How to use summer’s bounty in quick breads that go sweet or savory," 16 July 2019 Arginine bicarbonate plugs the exposed pores in your teeth for immediate relief, while other ingredients, such as potassium nitrate and strontium chloride, block pain signals to the brain. Joanne Chen, Redbook, "Teeth: An Owner's Manual," 24 July 2017 Quarrying rock has its own localized environmental impact, as could pumping all that extra bicarbonate into the ocean. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Splitting water for fuel while removing CO₂ from the air," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of bicarbonate

1814, in the meaning defined above

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bi·​car·​bon·​ate | \ (ˈ)bī-ˈkär-bə-ˌnāt, -nət How to pronounce bicarbonate (audio) \

Medical Definition of bicarbonate

: an acid carbonate

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