formate

noun
for·​mate | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmāt How to pronounce formate (audio) \

Definition of formate

: a salt or ester of formic acid

Examples of formate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Shiyan explosion came a day after eight people died and three others were injured when toxic methyl formate leaked from a vehicle at a chemical handling facility in the southwestern city of Guiyang. BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2021 The Shiyan explosion came a day after eight people died and three others were injured when toxic methyl formate leaked from a vehicle at a chemical handling facility in the southwestern city of Guiyang. NBC News, 13 June 2021 The microbes could then transform the formate into ATP, an energy-rich molecule that cells can use. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 27 Nov. 2019 The team started with basically a starvation diet of xylose, a sugar, along with formate and CO2. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 27 Nov. 2019 The changes didn’t initially produce bacteria capable of living on formate and CO2, however. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 27 Nov. 2019 Entry uses potassium formate, derived from formic acid, a common and easily-synthesized compound. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, 6 Mar. 2018

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1807, in the meaning defined above

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“Formate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/formate. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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formate

noun
for·​mate | \ ˈfȯ(ə)r-ˌmāt How to pronounce formate (audio) \

Medical Definition of formate

: a salt or ester of formic acid

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