bicarbonate

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

Definition of bicarbonate

: an acid carbonate

Examples of bicarbonate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, chicagotribune.com, "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 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

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First Known Use of bicarbonate

1814, in the meaning defined above

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“Bicarbonate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bicarbonate. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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bicarbonate

noun
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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