sulfate

noun
sul·​fate | \ ˈsəl-ˌfāt How to pronounce sulfate (audio) \

Definition of sulfate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a salt or ester of sulfuric acid
2 : a divalent group or anion SO4 characteristic of sulfuric acid and the sulfates

sulfate

verb
sulfated; sulfating

Definition of sulfate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat or combine with sulfuric acid or a sulfate

Examples of sulfate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Free of harmful ingredients like sulfates, parabens, phthalates and mineral oil, the COF collection will get your hair back on track. Essence, "4 Steps To Restoring Your Hair After a Protective Style," 3 Sep. 2019 Ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica show spikes of sulfate, a byproduct of large volcanic eruptions, at 536 and either 539 or 540. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Colossal volcano behind 'mystery' global cooling finally found," 23 Aug. 2019 Nordstrom’s natural beauty and wellness department is stocked with beauty products and supplements free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone, and talc. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where To Shop for Organic and Natural Beauty Products," 12 Aug. 2019 It's made without sulfates, parabens, and triclosan, retails for $4 to $20, and is also PETA-certified, cruelty-free, and vegan. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Teams Up With Moon, an Oral Care Line Coming to Ulta," 24 Apr. 2019 The formula doesn’t have sulfates, parabens, or synthetic dyes. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Nécessaire Body Wash Is So Popular It’s Basically an Influencer," 19 Apr. 2019 This lotion is infused with olive oil and rosemary, and is free of fragrances, sulfates, colorants and harsh chemicals. Nicole Forsyth, The Mercury News, "Dollars and Pets: Paw, nose and ear protection," 5 Sep. 2019 Department Stores Bloomingdale’s has a clean beauty boutique called WellChemist both in stores and online that stocks over 35 brands free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where To Shop for Organic and Natural Beauty Products," 12 Aug. 2019 Engelman recommends steering clear of products that include peppermint, fragrance, parabens, tricolsan, formaldehyde, phthalates, sulfates, alcohol, or witch hazel, which can be irritating and drying, especially to sensitive skin. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "How to Soothe and Calm Facial Redness for Good," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The team also found that sulfated anophelins are more effective than hirudin, a blood-thinning molecule derived from the salivary juices of leeches, which is occasionally used in clinical settings. Vanessa Zainzinger, Science | AAAS, "Mosquito spit can bust blood clots in mice," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sulfate

Noun

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sulfate

Noun

French, from Latin sulfur

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sulfate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sulfate

chemistry : a salt that is formed when sulfuric acid reacts with another chemical element

sulfate

noun
sul·​fate
variants: or chiefly British sulphate \ ˈsəl-​ˌfāt How to pronounce sulphate (audio) \

Medical Definition of sulfate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a salt or ester of sulfuric acid
2 : a bivalent group or anion SO4 characteristic of sulfuric acid and the sulfates

sulfate

transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British sulphate
sulfated or chiefly British sulphated; sulfating or chiefly British sulphating

Medical Definition of sulfate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to treat or combine with sulfuric acid or a sulfate

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