chelation therapy

noun

Definition of chelation therapy

: the use of a chelator (such as EDTA) to bind with a metal (such as lead or iron) in the body to form a chelate so that the metal loses its chemical effect (such as toxicity or physiological activity)

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Recent Examples on the Web One round of chelation therapy to remove the lead is $100 and several rounds may be needed. oregonlive, "Battered bald eagle recovers at Klamath Falls wildlife rescue after flying into a moving truck," 6 Dec. 2020 Just as in chelation therapy—which doctors use to eliminate heavy metals from the bloodstream in patients suffering from metal poisoning—citric acid binds to calcium and lime, which are abundant in hard water. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "The one ingredient you need to clean the dishwasher and four other gross household items," 5 Nov. 2020 Depending on the severity of the poisoning, some eagles survive after veterinarians use chelation therapy, injecting the birds with a drug that binds the toxins in their bloodstream and allows it to be removed from their bodies. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A bald eagle has been released back into the wild after recovering from lead poisoning," 23 May 2020 Depending on the severity of the poisoning, some eagles survive after veterinarians use chelation therapy, injecting the birds with a drug that binds the toxins in their bloodstream and allows it be removed from their bodies. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Bald eagles across the United States are dying from lead poisoning," 16 Feb. 2020 In general, thalassemia can be well-managed with blood transfusions and chelation therapy which removes excess iron from the body with drugs, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Gene therapy helps patients avoid blood transfusion," 18 Apr. 2018 But there are more effective ways to remove high levels of metals from the blood, such as chelation therapy. National Geographic, "Fact or Fiction: Can You Really Sweat Out Toxins?," 6 Apr. 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Chelation therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chelation%20therapy. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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chelation therapy

noun

Medical Definition of chelation therapy

: the use of a chelator (as EDTA) to bind with a metal (as lead or iron) in the body to form a chelate so that the metal loses its toxic effect or physiological activity

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