|1.||a salt or ester of carbonic acid. Carbonate salts contain the divalent ion CO32--|
|2.||to form or turn into a carbonate|
|3.||(tr) to treat with carbon dioxide or carbonic acid, as in the manufacture of soft drinks|
|[C18: from French, from carbone|
carbonate car·bon·ate (kär'bə-nāt')
A salt or ester of carbonic acid.
|carbonate (kär'bə-nāt') Pronunciation Key
Verb To add carbon dioxide to a substance, such as a beverage.