[fos-feyt] /ˈfɒs feɪt/
Agriculture. a fertilizing material containing compounds of phosphorus.
a carbonated drink of water and fruit syrup containing a little phosphoric acid.
any salt or ester of any phosphoric acid, esp a salt of orthophosphoric acid
(often pl) any of several chemical fertilizers containing phosphorous compounds
a salt of phosphoric acid, 1795, from French phosphate (1787), from phosphore (see phosphorus) + -ate (3).
phosphate phos·phate (fŏs’fāt’)
A salt or an ester of phosphoric acid. adj.
Containing the trivalent radical PO4.
A salt or ester of phosphoric acid, containing the group PO4. Phosphates are important in metabolism and are frequently used in fertilizers.
- Phosphate diabetes
phosphate diabetes n. A condition marked by excessive phosphate in the urine due to an inability of the renal tubules to reabsorb it.
noun, Chemistry. 1. the group or radical obtained by removal of one or more hydrogen atoms from phosphoric acid.
phosphatemia phos·pha·te·mi·a (fŏs’fə-tē’mē-ə) n. An abnormally high concentration of inorganic phosphates in the blood.
noun 1. .