sulfonate

noun
sul·fo·nate | \ˈsəl-fə-ˌnāt \

Definition of sulfonate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a salt or ester of a sulfonic acid

sulfonate

verb
sulfonated; sulfonating

Definition of sulfonate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to introduce the SO3H group into broadly : to treat (an organic substance) with sulfuric acid

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Verb

sulfonation \ˌsəl-fə-ˈnā-shən \ noun

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The chemicals found – perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid – are in firefighting foam and implicated in some types of cancer and thyroid effects, school officials said, pointing to several scientific studies. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Brevard County schools to test drinking water at 13 campuses for chemical contamination," 3 July 2018 The police department determined that the chemical was a sulfonate solution that originated from the Calumet-Penreco plant upstream. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Dickinson Bayou reopens to boat traffic as chemical spill cleanup continues," 22 Jan. 2018 Alabama contaminants The main contaminants in Alabama are: Mercury Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) Perfluoralkyl sulfonate (PFOS What is mercury? Leada Gore, AL.com, "Fish advisories: What Alabama fish are safe to eat? Understanding Health Department species alerts," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of sulfonate

Noun

1876, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sulfonate was in 1876

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sulfonate

noun
sul·fo·nate
variants: or chiefly British sulphonate \ˈsəl-fə-ˌnāt \

Medical Definition of sulfonate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a salt or ester of a sulfonic acid

sulfonate

transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British sulphonate
sulfonated or chiefly British sulphonated; sulfonating or chiefly British sulphonating

Medical Definition of sulfonate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to introduce the SO3H group into broadly : to treat (an organic substance) with sulfuric acid

Other Words from sulfonate

sulfonation or chiefly British sulphonation \ˌsəl-fə-ˈnā-shən \ noun

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