Nitrate (NO31-) is a polyatomic ion. It is made up of one nitrogen and three oxygen atoms. It is part of many important molecules. Potassium nitrate is a common type of nitrate. It is often used in fertilizers because plants need both potassium and nitrates to live and grow. Sodium nitrate is also used in preserving foods.
|Systematic IUPAC name
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||62.0049 g mol-1|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Nitric acid has the formula HNO3 and has no overall charge, because the hydrogen ion is positive.
Nitrate has a group valency of 1.
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