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Noun: nitrate  'nI,treyt
  1. Any compound containing the nitrate group (such as a salt or ester of nitric acid)
Verb: nitrate  'nI,treyt
  1. (chemistry) treat with nitric acid, so as to change an organic compound into a nitrate
    "nitroglycerin is obtained by nitrating glycerol"

Derived forms: nitrated, nitrates, nitrating

Type of: chemical compound, compound, process, treat

Encyclopedia: Nitrate