Meaning of sulfonate

sul•fo•nate

Pronunciation: (sul'fu-nāt"), [key]
— n., v., -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
—n.
  1. an ester or salt derived from a sulfonic acid.
—v.t.
  1. to make into a sulfonic acid, as by treating an aromatic hydrocarbon with concentrated sulfuric acid.
  2. to introduce the sulfonic group into (an organic compound).
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