ox·​a·​late | \ ˈäk-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce oxalate (audio) \

Definition of oxalate

: a salt or ester of oxalic acid

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The gene causes the chestnut to produce oxalate oxidase, an enzyme that detoxifies the blight’s acid. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering?," 25 June 2019 Drinking only green juice for long periods of time can increase your risk of developing kidney stones and — in extreme cases —kidney failure due to the oxalates in spinach. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Spinach Is the Legit Superfood You Need in Your Life," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of oxalate

1788, in the meaning defined above

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ox·​a·​late | \ ˈäk-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce oxalate (audio) \

Medical Definition of oxalate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a salt or ester of oxalic acid


transitive verb
oxalated; oxalating

Medical Definition of oxalate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to add an oxalate to (blood or plasma) to prevent coagulation

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