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Definition of "formate" [for•mate]

  • A compound, such as a salt or an ester of formic acid, that contains the HCOO- radical. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "formate" in a sentence
  • "While reading the post I found it to be sophisticated and logical, pretty in formate, presentable, AND nevertheless outstanding in content."
  • "It is usually converted to a non-toxic chemical called formate, which is excreted in the urine."
  • "Actually, astronomers who were recently sifting through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a big dust cloud at the center of our galaxy, found a substance there called ethyl formate, which is the chemical responsible for the flavor of raspberries, and the smell of rum, the drink popular with pirates."