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chelate

adjective che·late \ ˈkē-ˌlāt also ˈchē- \

Definition of chelate

1 : resembling or having chelae
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[from the pincerlike way in which the metal ion is held]
: of, relating to, or being a chelate

First Known Use of chelate

1826

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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chelate

verb

Definition of chelate

chelated; chelating
: to combine with (a metal) so as to form a chelate ring
: to react so as to form a chelate ring

chelatable

play \-ˌlā-tə-bəl\ adjective

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First Known Use of chelate

1922

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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chelate

noun

Definition of chelate

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

First Known Use of chelate

1943

in the meaning defined above

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Medical Dictionary

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chelate

adjective che·late \ ˈkē-ˌlāt \

medical Definition of chelate

: of, relating to, or having the ring structure typical of a chelate

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chelate

verb

medical Definition of chelate

chelated; chelating
: to combine with (a metal) so as to form a chelate ring
: to react so as to form a chelate ring

chelatable

play \-ˌlāt-ə-bəl\ adjective

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chelate

noun

medical Definition of chelate

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

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