phosphate

noun
phos·​phate | \ ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce phosphate (audio) \

Definition of phosphate

1a(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

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But this approach creates an overwhelming set of possible permutations, as each of the three components — sugar, phosphate and base — has numerous potential replacements. Quanta Magazine, "Chemists Seek Possible Precursor to RNA," 5 Feb. 2014 The Laundress, an eco-friendly line of detergent and home-cleaning products, formulates without ammonia, petroleum, phthalates, phosphates, parabens, formaldehyde, artificial dyes, and chlorine bleach, as well as any other unnecessary additives. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Laundry Detergent Is Messing With Your Skin," 15 June 2019 Picture a ladder that twists like a corkscrew, with the sugar and phosphate acting as the side rails and the base pairs acting as the rungs. Ryan Rossotto, National Geographic, "DNA, explained," 12 June 2019 Miller, 76, wrote that his levels are down for akaline phosphates, which can indicate problems in the bones or liver, as well as of prostate-specific antigens, which indicate prostate cancer levels. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Senate President Miller: Health news is 'largely good'," 10 June 2019 This shouldn’t be surprising, given the ingredients in hair products, including formaldehyde (known carcinogen), toluene (neurological and developmental toxicant), sodium hydroxide (lye), and triphenyl phosphate (suspected endocrine disruptor). Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 The new formula also contains 5 percent magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, a new, more stable vitamin C derivative. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Glossier Is Relaunching Its Famous Supers Serums in a Larger Size — Without Upping the Price," 13 May 2019 The Syrian government also awarded the Russian Stroytransgaz engineering firm rights to mine phosphate near Palmyra, a project that had initially been promised to Iranian companies. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Russia and Iran, Military Allies, Are Fast Becoming Economic Rivals," 23 Sep. 2018 Ames had been developing an injection made up of phosphates, hydrolytes, nitrates, bouillons and other umami flavors. Ben Mezrich, WSJ, "The Yankees Who Brought Science to the BBQ World," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of phosphate

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

History and Etymology for phosphate

French, from acide phosphorique phosphoric acid

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phosphate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of phosphate

chemistry : a salt or compound that has phosphorus in it and that is used especially in products (called fertilizers) that help plants grow

phosphate

noun
phos·​phate | \ ˈfäs-ˌfāt How to pronounce phosphate (audio) \

Medical Definition of phosphate

1a : 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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