sulfonate

noun
sul·​fo·​nate | \ ˈsəl-fə-ˌnāt How to pronounce sulfonate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sulfonate (audio) \ noun

Examples of sulfonate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The tests showed that the foam contained perfluorooctane sulfonate, also known as PFOS, and three other compounds. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 Since the early 2000s, chemical companies have agreed to phase out two common forms of the chemicals, perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOA and PFOS. Kris Maher, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sulfonate. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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sulfonate

noun
sul·​fo·​nate
variants: or chiefly British sulphonate \ ˈsəl-​fə-​ˌnāt How to pronounce sulfonate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sulfonate (audio) \ noun

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