from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A salt or ester of phosphoric acid.
  • n. A fertilizer containing phosphorus compounds.
  • n. A soda fountain drink made by blending carbonated water with flavored syrup.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any salt or ester of phosphoric acid.
  • n. A carbonated soft drink sweetened with fruit syrup and with some phosphoric acid.
  • v. To treat or coat with a phosphate or with phosphoric acid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A salt of phosphoric acid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A salt of phosphoric acid.
  • n. A name given to various mineral deposits which consist largely of calcium or iron and alumina phosphates, and are used in the manufacture of commercial fertilizers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a salt of phosphoric acid
  • n. carbonated drink with fruit syrup and a little phosphoric acid


phosph(o)- + -ate2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
phosphoric +‎ -ate (Wiktionary)


  • _ "soluble" phosphate_, and such a superphosphate as the above would be described as containing 27.2 per cent of "soluble" phosphate.

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  • A high concentration of phosphate is also conveniently at hand.

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  • Add 5 ml of an ICE-COLD solution of a-amylase (2 mg/ml in phosphate buffer).

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  • A phosphate is then transferred from ATP to an amino acid in the enzyme, aspartic acid, whereupon the ADP is liberated and the enzyme changes form so that the sodium ions are transported to the outside.

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  • Today, Mosaic announced that it agreed to invest in the Bayovar phosphate rock mine in Peru and enter into a long-term phosphate rock offtake agreement.


  • (and phosphate is not generally found more than fifty feet below the surface), the mine is promptly abandoned.

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  • The loss of phosphate, which is necessary for bone structure and muscle energy, correlates with debility and pain.

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  • Osmotics can cause dehydration and the buildup of magnesium and phosphate, which is dangerous for anyone with kidney problems.

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  • But the best feature of this regime is to take what seems like a pretty small amount of an over the counter substance called phosphate soda – just 1.5 fluid ounces in a half a glass of clear liquid.

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  • It has been argued that low bone density may be a result of high levels of phosphate, which is found in elevated amounts in sugar-sweetened cola.

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