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[sel-uh-neyt] /ˈsɛl əˌneɪt/
noun, Chemistry
a salt or ester of selenic acid.
Origin of selenate
1810-20; selen(ic acid) + -ate2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for selenate
  • Dissimilatory selenate reduction potentials in a diversity of sediment types.
  • Removing selenate from contaminated water with barriers containing soybean oil: laboratory evaluation.
  • High-selenium broccoli always resulted in fewer precancerous lesions than selenate.
  • It can use selenate as an electron acceptor without interference by nitrate.
  • It did not reduce selenate and did not use selenite or selenate as terminal e- donors.
  • selenate, but not selenite, was detected in these test plants.
British Dictionary definitions for selenate


any salt or ester formed by replacing one or both of the hydrogens of selenic acid with metal ions or organic groups
Word Origin
C19: from selenium + -ate1
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