Definitions for oxalateˈɒk səˌleɪt
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a salt or ester of oxalic acid
Any salt or ester of oxalic acid.
Oxalate (IUPAC: ethanedioate) is the dianion with the formula C2O42−, also written (COO)22−. Either name is often used for derivatives, such as salts of oxalic acid (for example sodium oxalate, (Na+)2C2O42−) or esters thereof (for example dimethyl oxalate, (CH3)2C2O4). Oxalate also forms coordination compounds where it is sometimes abbreviated as ox. Many metal ions form insoluble precipitates with oxalate, a prominent example being calcium oxalate, the primary constituent of the most common kind of kidney stones.
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