nitrate

noun ni·trate \ ˈnī-ˌtrāt , -trət \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of nitrate

French, from nitrique


NITRATE Defined for English Language Learners

nitrate

noun

Definition of nitrate for English Language Learners

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


NITRATE Defined for Kids

nitrate

noun ni·trate \ ˈnī-ˌtrāt \

Definition of nitrate for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

nitrate

noun ni·trate \ ˈnī-ˌtrāt, -trət \

medical Definition of nitrate

: a salt or ester of nitric acid


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