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