Phosphates are an inorganic chemical and is a salt of phosphoric acid. In organic chemistry, phosphates, or organophosphates, are an ester of phosphoric acid. Organic phosphates are essential in biochemistry and biogeochemistry or ecology. Inorganic phosphates are mined to obtain phosphorus for use in agriculture and industry.
At high temperatures in the solid state, phosphates can condense to form pyrophosphates.
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