chelate

1 of 3

adjective

che·​late ˈkē-ˌlāt How to pronounce chelate (audio)
 also  ˈchē-
1
: resembling or having chelae
2
[from the pincerlike way in which the metal ion is held] : of, relating to, or being a chelate

chelate

2 of 3

verb

chelated; chelating

transitive verb

: to combine with (a metal) so as to form a chelate ring

intransitive verb

: to react so as to form a chelate ring
chelatable
ˈkē-ˌlā-tə-bəl How to pronounce chelate (audio)
 also  ˈchē-
adjective

chelate

3 of 3

noun

: a compound having a ring structure that usually contains a metal ion held by coordinate bonds

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The tree's foliage can be sprayed with chelated iron to help green it up in the short term, but this is not a long-term solution. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 3 Apr. 2018
Noun
Your Longevity Blueprint Magnesium Chelate is a magnesium supplement that provides magnesium chelate, which is a highly bioavailable form of magnesium. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 Magnesium chelate has been shown to be absorbed better than other forms of magnesium. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 Yellowed leaves with green veins is called chlorosis; applying fertilizer containing iron chelate according to label instructions can help correct the problem. Sunset Magazine, 10 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1922, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chelate was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Chelate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chelate. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

chelate

1 of 3 adjective
che·​late ˈkē-ˌlāt How to pronounce chelate (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the ring structure typical of a chelate

chelate

2 of 3 verb
chelated; chelating

transitive verb

: to combine with (a metal) so as to form a chelate ring

intransitive verb

: to react so as to form a chelate ring
chelatable adjective

chelate

3 of 3 noun
: a compound having a ring structure that usually contains a metal ion held by coordinate bonds

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