carboxylate(redirected from carboxylates)
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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.
adj. (-lāt′, -lĭt)
1. Of or relating to a carboxylate.
2. Of or relating to the anionic conjugate base of a carboxylic acid, specifically the CO22- group
A salt or ester of the carboxylic acid group.