nitrate

noun
ni·​trate | \ ˈnī-ˌtrāt , -trət\

Definition of nitrate

1 : a salt or ester of nitric acid
2 : sodium nitrate or potassium nitrate used as a fertilizer

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Besides vitamins and nutrients, spinach is filled with nitrates and glycolipids, which may reduce inflammation. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Spinach Is the Legit Superfood You Need in Your Life," 22 Mar. 2018 Most of the other 2010 violations were caused by excessive amounts of a chemical, such as arsenic or nitrate. Rachael Moeller Gorman, Good Housekeeping, "Is Your Tap Water Safe?," 15 Aug. 2012 His case against flour manufacturers to prohibit them from bleaching their product—thereby adding nitrates to the mix—was ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We have food safety laws thanks to 19th century “poison squad”," 26 Nov. 2018 After years of study, there are possible revisions to a plan to reduce nitrates in groundwater in the Lower Yakima Valley recommending drastic changes that may impact farmers, residents and municipalities. Phil Ferolito, The Seattle Times, "Plan devised to reduce nitrates in Lower Yakima Valley groundwater," 4 Aug. 2018 In a side room occupied by two goats, the Afghans found a homemade grenade fashioned out of ammonium-nitrate explosives in a blue Party Extreme energy-drink can. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 It's created from chemical reactions involving nitrates, nitrites, and other proteins, Rowena N. Schwartz, Pharm. Korin Miller, SELF, "Common Blood Pressure Medications Containing Valsartan Recalled Over 'Impurity' Concerns," 17 July 2018 Going from plutonium nitrate to a finished bomb core had proven to be a major challenge for the metallurgists at Los Alamos Laboratory. Julian G. West, The Atlantic, "The Atomic-Bomb Core That Escaped World War II," 2 Apr. 2018 There was more pollution in the summer; the scientists monitored atmospheric levels of chemicals, including nitrates and sulphates, in addition to microbes. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Ahh, summer—ramlibacter season," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of nitrate

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nitrate

French, from nitrique

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nitrate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nitrate

: a chemical compound that contains oxygen and nitrogen and that is used in fertilizer

nitrate

noun
ni·​trate | \ ˈnī-ˌtrāt \

Kids Definition of nitrate

: a substance that is made from or similar in composition to nitric acid

nitrate

noun
ni·​trate | \ ˈnī-ˌtrāt, -trət \

Medical Definition of nitrate

: a salt or ester of nitric acid

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