from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To change into phosphates or a phosphate.
  • transitive v. To treat with phosphate or phosphoric acid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to convert something into a phosphate
  • v. to treat something with phosphate or phosphoric acid

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reduce to the form of a phosphate.
  • To treat with phosphates, as with phosphatic medicines or fertilizing phosphates.


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