sulfate meaning

[ 'sʌlfeit ] Pronunciation:   "sulfate" in a sentence
Noun: sulfate  súlfeyt
Usage: N. Amer (=sulphate)
  1. A salt or ester of sulphuric acid
    - sulphate [Brit, Cdn]
Verb: sulfate  súlfeyt
Usage: N. Amer (=sulphate)
  1. Convert into a sulfate
    - sulphate [Brit, Cdn]

Derived forms: sulfated, sulfates, sulfating

Type of: convert, salt

Encyclopedia: Sulfate

or chiefly Brit sul·phate n
1 : a salt or ester of sulfuric acid
2 : a bivalent group or anion SO4 characteristic of sulfuric acid and the sulfates
or chiefly Brit sulphate vt sul·fat·ed or chiefly Brit sul·phat·ed; sul·fat·ing or chiefly Brit sul·phat·ing : to treat or combine with sulfuric acid or a sulfate


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  1. the barium sulfate must be a lump-free powder.
  2.  and sulfates are known to corrode metals.
  3. the use of calcium sulfate requires an greater capital investment.
  4. iron or steel placed in copper sulfate also receives a loose immersion deposit.
  5. the use of sulfates and carbon dioxide requires strictly anaerobic conditions.

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