bidentate

adjective 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 ProgressJune 2009
— compare monodentate, polydentate, tridentate

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Origin and Etymology of bidentate

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


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