[ben-zoh-eyt, -it]
noun Chemistry.
a salt or ester of benzoic acid.

1800–10; benzo- + -ate2 Unabridged
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benzoate (ˈbɛnzəʊˌeɪt, -ɪt)
Systematic name: benzenecarboxylate any salt or ester of benzoic acid, containing the group C6H5COO-- or the ion C6H5COO--

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benzoate ben·zo·ate (běn'zō-āt')
A salt or ester of benzoic acid.

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benzoate   (běn'zō-āt')  Pronunciation Key 
A salt or ester of benzoic acid, having the general formula C6H5COOR, where R is an element or group that has replaced the hydrogen in the carboxyl group (COOH) of benzoic acid. In salts of benzoic acid, R is a metal, while in esters of benzoic acid, R is another radical, such as methyl.
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Example sentences for benzoate
The resulting calcium benzoate is converted to benzoic acid with hydrochloric acid.
The efficacy of benzoic acid and benzoate is thus dependent on the ph of the food.
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