- \(y)ə|re]t, usu ]d.+V; in “carburet” often -rā]\ noun combining form
: -ide 1
* * *a suffix used in chemical terminology, identical in sense with -ide, which has now generally replaced it: carburet (now carbide); phosphuret (now phosphide).[ < NL -uretum, -oretum, of uncert. orig.]
* * *-uret Chem.,(jʊərɛt)a suffix, ad. mod.L. -urētum, -orētum, added to a stem or truncated word to form names of simple compounds of an element with another element or a radical. First used (after F. words in -ure) about 1790 in azoturet, hydruret, phosphuret, sulphuret (from azote, hydr-ogen, phosph-ure, sulph-ure), it was extended to other terms, as carburet, nitruret (1794), ioduret (1816), seleniuret (1818), and (more recently) arseniuret, bromuret, chloruret, cyanuret, floruret, hydroguret, telluret, etc. It is now largely replaced by -ide, q.v.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.