formate

noun

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

Example Sentences

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 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Formate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/formate. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

formate

noun

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