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chelate

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

Definition of chelate

1 :resembling or having chelae
2
[from the pincerlike way in which the metal ion is held]
:of, relating to, or being a chelate

First Known Use of chelate

1826


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chelate

verb

Definition of chelate

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

play \-ˌlā-tə-bəl\ adjective

First Known Use of chelate

1922


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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


Medical Dictionary

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chelate

play
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
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

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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