chelate

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

Definition of chelate 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

verb
chelated; chelating

Definition of chelate (Entry 2 of 3)

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

chelate

noun

Definition of chelate (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Verb

chelatable \-​ˌlā-​tə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of chelate in a Sentence

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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, "Lack of chlorophyll may be culprit behind tree's yellow leaves," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chelate

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

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chelate

adjective
che·​late | \ˈkē-ˌlāt \

Medical Definition of chelate 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

chelate

verb
chelated; chelating

Medical Definition of chelate (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Other Words from chelate

chelatable \-​ˌlāt-​ə-​bəl \ adjective

chelate

noun

Medical Definition of chelate (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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