ox·​a·​late ˈäk-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce oxalate (audio)
: a salt or ester of oxalic acid

Examples of oxalate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The results of a kidney biopsy confirmed his suspicions: Jeanne’s kidneys had been overwhelmed with vitamin C, and oxalate crystals were clogging her kidney tubules, causing the organ to fail as cells began dying. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 Additionally, some mushrooms, such as chaga, are high in oxalates, so drinking mushroom coffee could increase the occurrence of kidney stones in some individuals. Bestreviews, Sun Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 However, oxalates in kale could interfere with calcium absorption and cause kidney stones in some people. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 8 Dec. 2023 Some social media users say that steaming kale can help reduce oxalate content. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 8 Dec. 2023 While beetroot juice can be a great addition to a balanced diet, there are a few considerations to keep in mind: Kidney stones: Beetroots are naturally high in oxalates, compounds that can contribute to the formation of kidney stones in susceptible individuals. Bianca London, Glamour, 6 Sep. 2023 Hindrances to Calcium Absorption Factors such as oxalates and phytates can hinder the absorption of calcium from vegan sources. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2023 Opt for options that are low in calcium and oxalate. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2023 Consuming foods or drinks with high oxalate content may lead to kidney problems, such as the formation of kidney stones.1213 2) Potential Food Allergy A beet allergy is not considered one of the common food allergens. Selene Yeager, Health, 27 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oxalate was in 1788

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“Oxalate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxalate. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
ox·​a·​late ˈäk-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce oxalate (audio)
: a salt or ester of oxalic acid


2 of 2 transitive verb
oxalated; oxalating
: to add an oxalate to (blood or plasma) to prevent coagulation

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