- 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.
- of or noting a compound having a cyclic structure resulting from the formation of one or more hydrogen bonds in the same molecule.
verb (used without object), che·lat·ed, che·lat·ing. Chemistry.
verb (used with object), che·lat·ed, che·lat·ing.
Related formsche·lat·a·ble, adjective
Examples from the Web for chelate
Appendages of 2nd pair folding in a vertical plane, not chelate, the claw long and movable.
Chelate: bearing a cheat or claw; applied when claws are capable of being drawn down or back upon the last tarsal joint.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
Two pairs of the thoracic feet are chelate, and three pairs are longer than the others.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold