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[noun nahy-treyt, -trit; verb nahy-treyt] /noun ˈnaɪ treɪt, -trɪt; verb ˈnaɪ treɪt/

Chemistry. a salt or ester of , or any compound containing the univalent group –ONO 2 or NO 3 .
fertilizer consisting of or .
, a substance used as a film base in the early days of filmmaking.
Informal. .
verb (used with object), nitrated, nitrating.
to treat with or a nitrate.
to convert into a nitrate.
any salt or ester of nitric acid, such as sodium nitrate, NaNO3
a fertilizer consisting of or containing nitrate salts
(transitive) to treat with nitric acid or a nitrate
to convert or be converted into a nitrate
to undergo or cause to undergo the chemical process in which a nitro group is introduced into a molecule

1794, from French nitrate (1787) or formed in English from nitre + -ate (3). Related: Nitrates.

nitrate ni·trate (nī’trāt’, -trĭt)

v. ni·trat·ed, ni·trat·ing, ni·trates
To treat with nitric acid or a nitrate, usually to change an organic compound into a nitrate.
A salt or ester of nitric acid, containing the group NO3. Nitrates dissolve extremely easily in water and are an important component of the nitrogen cycle. Compare nitrite.


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