chelation therapy


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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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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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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