carboxylate

1 of 2

noun

car·​box·​yl·​ate kär-ˈbäk-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce carboxylate (audio)
-lət
: a salt or ester of a carboxylic acid

carboxylate

2 of 2

verb

car·​box·​yl·​ate kär-ˈbäk-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce carboxylate (audio)
carboxylated; carboxylating

transitive verb

: to introduce carboxyl or carbon dioxide into (a compound) with formation of a carboxylic acid

Examples of carboxylate in a Sentence

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Noun
The adsorbent has a second functional group called a carboxylate. IEEE Spectrum, 22 June 2018 Chemists concluded that the blisters are actually metal carboxylate soaps, the result of a chemical reaction between metal ions in the lead and zinc pigments and fatty acids in the binding medium used in the paint. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2023 Infrared spectrometry identified the ink as a colorless lead carboxylate. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1884, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carboxylate was in 1880

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“Carboxylate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carboxylate. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

carboxylate

1 of 2 transitive verb
car·​box·​yl·​ate -ˌlāt How to pronounce carboxylate (audio)
carboxylated; carboxylating
: to introduce carboxyl or carbon dioxide into (a compound) with formation of a carboxylic acid

carboxylate

2 of 2 noun
car·​box·​yl·​ate -ˌlāt, -lət How to pronounce carboxylate (audio)
: a salt or ester of a carboxylic acid
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