citrate

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

Definition of citrate

: a salt or ester of citric acid

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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 Fentanyl citrate, a synthetic painkiller frequently prescribed to cancer patients, is best known for helping to fuel the U.S.’s opioid epidemic. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Nebraska Set to Use Drug Cocktail That Includes Fentanyl in Execution Tuesday," 13 Aug. 2018 First, the hydrangea secretes still more acid into the soil — in the form of citric acid, which binds to the aluminum to form aluminum citrate. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "What makes hydrangeas blue or pink? Playing defense," 26 June 2018 Pfizer was developing a chemical compound called sildenafil citrate for high blood pressure. Michael S. Rosenwald, chicagotribune.com, "The Viagra jackpot: A history of the little blue pill at 20," 28 Mar. 2018 Pfizer was developing a chemical compound called sildenafil citrate for high blood pressure. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "The Viagra jackpot: A history of the little blue pill at 20," 28 Mar. 2018 Pfizer was developing a chemical compound called sildenafil citrate for high blood pressure. Michael S. Rosenwald, chicagotribune.com, "The Viagra jackpot: A history of the little blue pill at 20," 28 Mar. 2018

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1788, in the meaning defined above

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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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