Meaning of NITRATE in English


/ ˈnaɪtreɪt; NAmE / noun

[ U , C ] ( chemistry ) a compound containing nitrogen and oxygen . There are several different nitrates and they are used especially to make soil better for growing crops :

We need to cut nitrate levels in water.



late 18th cent.: from French (from nitre , from Latin nitrum , from Greek nitron + -ate ).

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