chelator

noun
che·​la·​tor | \ ˈkē-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce chelator (audio) , kē-ˈlā-tər also ˈchē-ˌlā-tər, chē-ˈlā- \

Definition of chelator

: one that chelates especially : a binding agent that suppresses chemical activity by forming chelates

First Known Use of chelator

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Chelator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chelator. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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chelator

noun
che·​la·​tor | \ ˈkē-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce chelator (audio) \

Medical Definition of chelator

: any of various compounds that combine with metals to form chelates and that include some used medically in the treatment of metal poisoning (as by lead)

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