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[si-treyt, sahy-] /ˈsɪ treɪt, ˈsaɪ-/
noun, Chemistry
a salt or ester of citric acid.
Origin of citrate
1785-95; citr(ic acid) + -ate2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for citrate
  • citrate is the main substance in the body that is responsible for removing excess calcium.
  • The fruit purée is first mixed with sodium alginate and sodium citrate to create a thicker and more homogenized base.
British Dictionary definitions for citrate


/ˈsɪtreɪt; -rɪt; ˈsaɪtreɪt/
any salt or ester of citric acid. Salts of citric acid are used in beverages and pharmaceuticals
Word Origin
C18: from citr(us) + -ate1
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citrate in Medicine

citrate cit·rate (sĭt'rāt')
A salt or ester of citric acid.

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citrate in Science
A salt or ester of citric acid.
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