val·​er·​ate ˈva-lə-ˌrāt How to pronounce valerate (audio)
: a salt or ester of valeric acid

Examples of valerate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Friday, Baffert’s attorney released the results of additional testing that showed the urine of the horse had betamethasone valerate, which appears only in ointments, instead of betamethasone acetate, which shows up in injections. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 The attorney said testing of a post-Derby split sample conducted by a New York lab showed the presence of betamethasone valerate, which Robertson said is in a topical ointment given to the colt for a skin condition. Alex Sundby, CBS News, 6 Dec. 2021 The case Baffert is making is that the Kentucky regulations specifically deal with betamethasone acetate, which is administered through injection, not betamethasone valerate. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 The products include hydrocortisone valerate cream, lidocaine ointment, and acetazolamide tablets. Ed Silverman, STAT, 10 June 2020

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Word History


valer(ic acid) + -ate entry 1, probably after German Valerat

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of valerate was in 1852

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Cite this Entry

“Valerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


val·​er·​ate ˈval-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce valerate (audio)
: a salt or ester of valeric acid
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