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nitrate

[n. nahy-treyt, -trit; v. nahy-treyt] /n. ˈnaɪ treɪt, -trɪt; v. ˈnaɪ treɪt/
noun
1.
Chemistry. a salt or ester of nitric acid, or any compound containing the univalent group –ONO 2 or NO 3 .
2.
fertilizer consisting of potassium nitrate or sodium nitrate.
3.
cellulose nitrate, a substance used as a film base in the early days of filmmaking.
4.
Informal. nitrate film.
verb (used with object), nitrated, nitrating.
5.
to treat with nitric acid or a nitrate.
6.
to convert into a nitrate.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; nitr- + -ate2
Related forms
nitration, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nit-rate

nitrate

/ˈnaɪtreɪt/
noun
1.
any salt or ester of nitric acid, such as sodium nitrate, NaNO3
2.
a fertilizer consisting of or containing nitrate salts
verb
3.
(transitive) to treat with nitric acid or a nitrate
4.
to convert or be converted into a nitrate
5.
to undergo or cause to undergo the chemical process in which a nitro group is introduced into a molecule
Derived Forms
nitration, noun
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Word Origin and History for nit-rate

nitrate

n.

1794, from French nitrate (1787) or formed in English from nitre + -ate (3). Related: Nitrates.

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nit-rate in Medicine

nitrate ni·trate (nī'trāt', -trĭt)
n.

  1. The univalent radical NO3.

  2. A compound containing such a radical, such as a salt or ester of nitric acid.

v. ni·trat·ed, ni·trat·ing, ni·trates
To treat with nitric acid or a nitrate, usually to change an organic compound into a nitrate.
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nit-rate in Science
nitrate
  (nī'trāt')   
A salt or ester of nitric acid, containing the group NO3. Nitrates dissolve extremely easily in water and are an important component of the nitrogen cycle. Compare nitrite.
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