Pronunciation: (FOS-fayt)

A form of phosphoric acid, which contains phosphorus. In the body, phosphates are found in the bones and teeth. Phosphates may be used to treat a high level of calcium in the blood. Adding or removing phosphate chemical groups may affect the way proteins act in the body.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2007-10-04 Date last modified: 2009-12-07