Meaning of PHOSPHATE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈfäs-ˌfāt ]


Etymology: French, from acide phosphorique phosphoric acid

Date: 1788



(1) : a salt or ester of a phosphoric acid

(2) : the trivalent anion PO 4 3- derived from phosphoric acid H 3 PO 4

b. : an organic compound of phosphoric acid in which the acid group is bound to nitrogen or a carboxyl group in a way that permits useful energy to be released (as in metabolism)

2. : an effervescent drink of carbonated water with a small amount of phosphoric acid flavored with fruit syrup

3. : a phosphatic material used for fertilizers

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.