citrate

noun
cit·​rate | \ ˈsi-ˌtrāt How to pronounce citrate (audio) \

Definition of citrate

: a salt or ester of citric acid

Examples of citrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are numerous types of zinc supplements, including zinc gluconate, picolinate, acetate, and citrate, and various forms, such as lozenges, capsules, and drops. Cynthia Sass, Rd, Health.com, "Zinc Supplements: What to Know if You're Thinking of Taking Them," 24 June 2020 Calcium citrate is absorbed well with or without food. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Should you take a dietary supplement to prevent disease?," 24 June 2020 Typically, aluminum is found in the environment as aluminum salts or other compounds like aluminum citrate. Vincent Gabrielle, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Exposure to aluminum through food does not cause neural issues or cancer," 23 June 2020 After a short purification, farmers could hold in their hands roughly 500 pounds of nickel citrate, potentially worth thousands of dollars on international markets. Ian Morse, New York Times, "Down on the Farm That Harvests Metal From Plants," 26 Feb. 2020 In 2003, Lenski’s team noticed that one line of bacteria had abruptly switched from feeding on glucose to feeding on a compound called citrate. Quanta Magazine, "The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting," 17 July 2014 One line of bacteria evolved the ability to use citrate as a food source. Quanta Magazine, "A Conductor of Evolution’s Subtle Symphony," 3 Nov. 2016 Normally, however, the bacteria don’t feed on the citrate itself. Quanta Magazine, "The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting," 17 July 2014 The medium contains citrate to keep iron in a form that the bacteria can absorb. Quanta Magazine, "The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting," 17 July 2014

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First Known Use of citrate

1788, in the meaning defined above

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“Citrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citrate. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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citrate

noun
cit·​rate | \ ˈsi-ˌtrāt How to pronounce citrate (audio) \

Medical Definition of citrate

: a salt or ester of citric acid

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