to introduce the carboxyl group into (an organic compound).
a salt or ester of a carboxylic acid.
any salt or ester of a carboxylic acid having a formula of the type M(RCOO)x, where M is a metal and R an organic group, or R1COOR², where R1 and R² are organic groups
A salt or ester of an organic acid, containing the radical COO. Soaps, which are usually the sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids, are carboxylates.


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