Definition of phosphate in English:

phosphate

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noun

  • 1Chemistry
    A salt or ester of phosphoric acid, containing PO₄³⁻ or a related anion or a group such as —OPO(OH)₂.

  • 2US dated An effervescent soft drink containing phosphoric acid, soda water, and flavoring.

    ‘When they got them, they left their phosphates, a kind of soft drink, on the table, while they went over to the salad bar and prepared their burgers, fries, and cheese logs as they liked them.’
    • ‘Charlie was as sweet as cherry phosphate.’

Pronunciation

phosphate

/ˈfäsfāt/ /ˈfɑsfeɪt/

Origin

Late 18th century from French, from phosphore ‘phosphorus’.