bi·​den·​tate | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈden-ˌtāt \

Definition of bidentate

1 : having two teeth or two processes suggestive of teeth
2 chemistry : attached to the central atom in a coordination complex by two bonds used of ligands and chelating groups Space A is a grid containing all the catalyst structures—e.g., if the catalyst in question is a bidentate transition-metal complex, Space A will contain all of the combinations of transition-metal atoms and bidentate ligands, with each point representing a different catalyst.— Ana G. Maldonado et al., Chemical Engineering Progress, June 2009 — compare monodentate, polydentate, tridentate

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History and Etymology for bidentate

from (assumed) New Latin bidentatus, from New Latin bi- entry 1 + -dentatus -dentate

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“Bidentate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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