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chelating agent

noun, Chemistry.
a ligand that forms chelates.
Also called chelator
[kee-ley-ter] /ˈki leɪ tər/ (Show IPA)
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  • As I understand it, then,” said Major Grodski, “the antidote for the … uh … chelating agent is magnesium?

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British Dictionary definitions for chelating agent

chelating agent

a chemical compound that coordinates with a metal to form a chelate, often used to trap or remove heavy metal ions
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