phosphate

noun

phos·​phate ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce phosphate (audio)
1
a(1)
: a salt or ester of a phosphoric acid
(2)
: the trivalent anion PO43− derived from phosphoric acid H3PO4
b
: an organic compound of phosphoric acid in which the acid group is bound to nitrogen or a carboxyl group in a way that permits useful energy to be released (as in metabolism)
2
: an effervescent drink of carbonated water with a small amount of phosphoric acid flavored with fruit syrup
3
: a phosphatic material used for fertilizers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The bZ3 will be the first time Toyota uses a lithium iron phosphate cathode in its EV batteries. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 25 Oct. 2022 Phosphate, a key ingredient of fertilizer, is mined and manufactured in the Tampa Bay-area, where a single company, Mosaic, produces 50% of North American phosphate fertilizer, the company says. Max Zahn, ABC News, 28 Sep. 2022 Lithium iron phosphate battery packs, or LFPs, are widely used in China, but are seen as less powerful than the nickel cobalt manganese batteries, or NCM, that now provide juice to the Mach-E and F-150 Lightning. Keith Naughton, Bloomberg.com, 21 July 2022 Ford executives discussed the company's contracts with Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. of China for lithium-iron phosphate batteries starting next year. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2022 The company says Thursday that Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. of China will supply new lithium-iron phosphate batteries starting next year. BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2022 Ford says that by decreasing the reliance on minerals including nickel, the lithium iron phosphate batteries will bring a 10 to 15 percent cost savings compared to the nickel cobalt manganese units. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 21 July 2022 The lithium iron phosphate batteries Tesla has invested in differ in the battery chemistry required to create the positive end of the battery during discharge, called the cathode. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 1 June 2022 Musk has hinted Tesla will eventually offer cheaper variants using less-expensive lithium iron phosphate batteries, instead of the lithium-ion packs that now go into its vehicles. Alan Ohnsman, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French, from acide phosphorique phosphoric acid

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Time Traveler
The first known use of phosphate was in 1788

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Cite this Entry

“Phosphate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phosphate. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

phosphate

noun

phos·​phate ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce phosphate (audio)
1
: a salt of a phosphoric acid
2
: a drink made of carbonated water and fruit syrup with a little phosphoric acid added for tang

Medical Definition

phosphate

noun

phos·​phate ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce phosphate (audio)
1
a
: a salt or ester of a phosphoric acid
b
: the trivalent anion PO43− derived from phosphoric acid H3PO4
2
: an organic compound of phosphoric acid in which the acid group is bound to nitrogen or a carboxyl group in a way that permits useful energy to be released (as in metabolism)

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