orthophosphate

noun
or·​tho·​phos·​phate | \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce orthophosphate (audio) \

Definition of orthophosphate

: a salt or ester of orthophosphoric acid

Examples of orthophosphate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If those requirements and others aren’t met, the federal agency could revoke its approval and Denver Water would then be required to inject a nutrient — orthophosphate — into its water system. Conrad Swanson, The Denver Post, "Denver Water gets go-ahead to replace lead pipes," 20 Dec. 2019 Then, in May, officials added a new chemical to the water — orthophosphate — that has proved helpful at preventing leaching. John Schwartz, New York Times, "Tainted Water, Ignored Warnings and a Boss With a Criminal Past," 24 Aug. 2019 At the state’s urging, the city began testing in homes to see if the orthophosphate was working its way into the water. John Schwartz, New York Times, "Tainted Water, Ignored Warnings and a Boss With a Criminal Past," 24 Aug. 2019 Cleveland Water, the public water system, treats the water that leaves its distribution facilities with an additive called orthophosphate, which creates a coating on lead pipes to prevent the lead from leaching into the water. Rachel Dissell, cleveland.com, "Cleveland landlords have questions about lead-safe legislation’s fairness, feasibility. Here are some answers," 21 July 2019 Last year, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment ordered the utility to add orthophosphate, to its water. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Denver Water proposing $500 million solution to lead pipes," 1 July 2019 IDEM's round of water testing also looked for levels of copper and orthophosphate, an anti-corrosion treatment, according to the state environmental agency, and found concentrations in line with federal requirements. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Officials: No 'system-wide' issues with East Chicago water," 6 June 2017 A hydrologist might neutralize that with a standard corrosion inhibitor like orthophosphate. WIRED, "The Crisis in Flint Isn’t Over. It’s Everywhere.," 28 May 2017 The city also treats its water with orthophosphate, a food additive that creates a protective film on the inside of pipes that prevents lead from leaching into the water. Kate Taylor, New York Times, "Lead Problems Elsewhere Prompt New York Schools to Show Drinking Water Is Safe," 23 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of orthophosphate

1859, in the meaning defined above

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31 Dec 2019

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“Orthophosphate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthophosphate. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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orthophosphate

noun
or·​tho·​phos·​phate | \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce orthophosphate (audio) \

Medical Definition of orthophosphate

: a salt or ester of orthophosphoric acid

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