The ester of oxalic acid. It has two COO- groups. Oxalates bind with calcium to form spiky crystals that can clog and damage kidneys.
From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.
Ox"a*late (?), n. [Cf. F. oxalate. See Oxalic.] Chem.
A salt of oxalic acid.
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