- Termination used as a replacement for “-ic acid” when the acid is neutralized ( e.g., sodium acetate) or esterified ( e.g., ethyl acetate).
* * *[L. -atus, past participial ending of verbs ending in -are] a word termination forming a participial noun, as the object of the process indicated by the root to which it is affixed, e.g., hemolysate, something hemolyzed; homogenate, something homogenized; injectate, something injected. Also forming adjectives, signifying possession of the quality indicated by the root, e.g., dentate and corticate; and verbs, signifying performance of the action indicated by the root, e.g., decussate and pulsate.
Medical dictionary. 2011.