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sulfate

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noun sul·fate \ˈsəl-ˌfāt\

Definition of sulfate

  1. 1 :  a salt or ester of sulfuric acid

  2. 2 :  a divalent group or anion SO4 characteristic of sulfuric acid and the sulfates

Origin and Etymology of sulfate

French, from Latin sulfur


First Known Use: 1788


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sulfate

transitive verb sul·fate

Definition of sulfate

sulfated

sulfating

  1. :  to treat or combine with sulfuric acid or a sulfate

1888

First Known Use of sulfate

1888


SULFATE Defined for English Language Learners

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sulfate

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noun sul·fate \ˈsəl-ˌfāt\

Definition of sulfate for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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sulfate

noun sul·fate

Medical Definition of sulfate

  1. 1:  a salt or ester of sulfuric acid

  2. 2:  a bivalent group or anion SO4 characteristic of sulfuric acid and the sulfates

Variants of sulfate

or chiefly British

sulphate

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sulfate

transitive verb sul·fate

Medical Definition of sulfate

sulfated

or chiefly British

sulphated

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sulfating

or chiefly British

sulphating

  1. :  to treat or combine with sulfuric acid or a sulfate

Variants of sulfate

or chiefly British

sulphate


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