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-ate

(āt),
Termination used as a replacement for "-ic acid" when the acid is neutralized (for example, sodium acetate) or esterified (for example, ethyl acetate), or when reference is being made to the conjugate base.

-ate

1 suffix meaning 'acted upon or being in a (specified) state': degenerate, enucleate.
2 suffix meaning 'possessing': caudate, longipedate.
3 suffix meaning a 'chemical compound derived from a (specified) source': silicate, opiate.
4 suffix meaning an 'acid compound': oxalate, phosphate.

-ate

Suffix used as a replacement for "-ic acid" when the acid is neutralized (e.g., sodium acetate) or esterified (e.g., ethyl acetate).

-ate

[L. -atum, adj. suffix]
Suffix in chemistry used in naming a salt or an ester of an acid ending in -ic, e.g., nitrate.