Meaning of chelate

che•late

Pronunciation: (kē'lāt), [key]
— adj., n., v., -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
—adj.
    1. of or noting a heterocyclic compound having a central metallic ion attached by covalent bonds to two or more nonmetallic atoms in the same molecule.
    2. of or noting a compound having a cyclic structure resulting from the formation of one or more hydrogen bonds in the same molecule.
  1. having a chela or chelae.
—n.
  1. a chelate compound.
—v.i.
—v.t.
  1. to combine (an organic compound) with a metallic ion to form a chelate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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