tri·​den·​tate | \ (ˈ)trī-¦den-ˌtāt\

Definition of tridentate

1 : having three teeth, processes, or points a tridentate leaf
2 chemistry : attached to the central atom in a coordination complex by three bonds used of ligands and chelating groups Each cage is built from two different tridentate ligands held together with three platinum or palladium ions.Chemical & Engineering News, 5 July 1999 — compare bidentate, monodentate, polydentate

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for tridentate

New Latin tridentatus, from tri- + -dentatus -dentate

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on tridentate

What made you want to look up tridentate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!