for·​mate ˈfȯr-ˌmāt How to pronounce formate (audio)
: a salt or ester of formic acid

Examples of formate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Continued abiotic reactions with formate could produce larger organic compounds like amino acids, which can be strung together into molecules essential for life, such as enzymes and other proteins. Quanta Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 This revealed the presence of the lead formates—surprising in itself, but the team also identified those formates in areas where there was no lead pigment, white, or yellow. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 Dec. 2023 Early analyses also suggest that the small organic acid formate is present in the borehole water. Quanta Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 Then the researchers evaporate the liquid under sunlight, leaving solid formate crystals, which are easy to store. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Nov. 2023 The collaborative shoe collection features the RS-XL, which comes in three versions of a different mixtape formate—cassettes, CD, and playlists. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 14 July 2023 We weren’t live today with the formate. Tom Green |, al, 10 Apr. 2021 An interdisciplinary team of researchers has conducted a fresh, in-depth analysis and found rare traces of a compound called lead formate in the painting, according to a recent paper published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2023 The Spanish Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique telescope had detected the presence of ethyl formate. John Wenz, Discover Magazine, 5 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of formate was in 1807

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“Formate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


for·​mate ˈfȯ(ə)r-ˌmāt How to pronounce formate (audio)
: a salt or ester of formic acid
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