Definition of phosphate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

phosphate

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NAmE//ˈfɑsfeɪt//
 
[countable, uncountable](chemistry)
 
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any compound containing phosphorus, used in industry or for helping plants to grow phosphate-free detergent the use of nitrates and phosphates to fertilize the soil
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