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sulfate

[suhl-feyt] /ˈsʌl feɪt/
noun
1.
Chemistry. a salt or ester of sulfuric acid.
verb (used with object), sulfated, sulfating.
2.
to combine, treat, or impregnate with sulfuric acid, a sulfate, or sulfates.
3.
to convert into a sulfate.
4.
Electricity. to form a deposit of lead-sulfate compound on (the lead electrodes of a storage battery).
verb (used without object), sulfated, sulfating.
5.
to become sulfated.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < Neo-Latin sulphātum. See sulfur, -ate2
Related forms
sulfation, noun
supersulfate, noun
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Word Origin and History for supersulfate

sulfate

n.

1790 (sulphat), from French sulphate (1787), from Modern Latin sulphatum acidum, from Latin sulpur, sulphur (see sulfur) + chemical ending -ate (3). The spelling with -ph- is standard in Britain.

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supersulfate in Medicine

sulfate sul·fate (sŭl'fāt')
n.

  1. A salt or an ester of sulfuric acid.

  2. The bivalent group SO4.

  3. A chemical compound containing such a group.

v. sul·fat·ed, sul·fat·ing, sul·fates
  1. To treat or react with sulfuric acid or a sulfate.

  2. To become sulfated.

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sulfate
  (sŭl'fāt')   
A salt or ester of sulfuric acid, containing the group SO4.
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