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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A salt or ester of an organic acid, derived from the carboxyl group. Soaps, which are usually the sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids, are carboxylates.
  • adjective Of or relating to a carboxylate.
  • adjective Of or relating to the anionic conjugate base of a carboxylic acid, specifically the CO22− group

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb to treat a chemical compound with carboxyl or carboxylic acid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun organic chemistry Any salt or ester of a carboxylic acid.
  • verb organic chemistry To form a carboxyl group by introduction of carbon dioxide
  • verb organic chemistry To react with a carboxylic acid

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb treat (a chemical compound) with carboxyl or carboxylic acid

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