adjective tri·den·tate \(ˈ)trī-¦den-ˌtāt\

Definition of tridentate

  1. 1 :  having three teeth, processes, or points a tridentate leaf

  2. 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

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Origin and Etymology of tridentate

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

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a brief usually trivial fact

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