[n. nahy-treyt, -trit; v. nahy-treyt]
Chemistry. a salt or ester of nitric acid, or any compound containing the univalent group –ONO 2 or NO 3 .
fertilizer consisting of potassium nitrate or sodium nitrate.
cellulose nitrate, a substance used as a film base in the early days of filmmaking.
Informal. nitrate film.
verb (used with object), nitrated, nitrating.
to treat with nitric acid or a nitrate.
to convert into a nitrate.

1785–95; nitr- + -ate2

nitration, noun Unabridged
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nitrate (ˈnaɪtreɪt)
1.  any salt or ester of nitric acid, such as sodium nitrate, NaNO3
2.  a fertilizer consisting of or containing nitrate salts
3.  (tr) 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

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nitrate ni·trate (nī'trāt', -trĭt)

  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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nitrate   (nī'trāt')  Pronunciation Key 
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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