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oxalate

[ok-suh-leyt] /ˈɒk səˌleɪt/
noun, Chemistry
1.
any salt or ester of oxalic acid, occurring in plants, especially spinach, rhubarb, and certain other vegetables and nuts, and capable of forming an insoluble salt with calcium and interfering with its absorption by the body.
Origin
1785
1785-85; oxal(ic) + -ate2
Related forms
superoxalate, noun
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Examples from the web for oxalate
  • It contains crystals of calcium oxalate, an irritant deactivated by heat.
  • One possibility was sodium oxalate, an unremarkable molecule found in the leaves of rhubarb that has two unstable electrons.
  • The researchers then expose the material to a lithium salt, which removes the oxalate from the material, forming lithium oxalate.
British Dictionary definitions for oxalate

oxalate

/ˈɒksəˌleɪt/
noun
1.
a salt or ester of oxalic acid
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oxalate in Medicine

oxalate ox·a·late (ŏk'sə-lāt')
n.
A salt or an ester of oxalic acid.

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oxalate in Science
oxalate
  (ŏk'sə-lāt')   
A salt or ester of oxalic acid.
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