Meaning of PHOSPHATE in English

PHOSPHATE

/ ˈfɒsfeɪt; NAmE ˈfɑːs-/ noun

[ C , U ] ( chemistry ) any compound containing phosphorus , used in industry or for helping plants to grow :

phosphate-free washing powder

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WORD ORIGIN

late 18th cent.: from French , from phosphore phosphorus.

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