Definitions of nitrate

n any compound containing the nitrate group (such as a salt or ester of nitric acid)

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calcium nitrate
a deliquescent salt that is soluble in water; sometimes used as a source of nitrogen in fertilizers
cellulose nitrate, guncotton, nitrocellulose, nitrocotton
a nitric acid ester; used in lacquers and explosives
soda niter, sodium nitrate
(NaNO3) used especially as a fertilizer and explosive
niter, nitre, potassium nitrate, saltpeter, saltpetre
(KNO3) used especially as a fertilizer and explosive
Nitrospan, Nitrostat, glyceryl trinitrate, nitroglycerin, nitroglycerine, trinitroglycerin
a heavy yellow poisonous oily explosive liquid obtained by nitrating glycerol; used in making explosives and medically as a vasodilator (trade names Nitrospan and Nitrostat)
ammonium nitrate
used as an explosive and fertilizer and rocket propellant
silver nitrate
a nitrate used in making photographic emulsions; also used in medicine as a cautery and as a topical antibacterial agent
uranyl nitrate
a yellow salt obtained by the reaction of uranium salts with nitric acid
nitrocellulose containing less nitrogen than guncotton; used in making smokeless powder
pyroxylin, pyroxyline
highly flammable nitrocellulose used in making collodion and plastics and lacquers
lunar caustic
silver nitrate fused into sticks and formerly used as a caustic
Type of:
chemical compound, compound
(chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight

v treat with nitric acid, so as to change an organic compound into a nitrate

“nitroglycerin is obtained by nitrating glycerol”
Type of:
process, treat
subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition

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