SAMUEL P. BESSMAN, M.D.; NORMAN J. DOORENBOS, Ph.D.
In the class of compounds known as complexes, there is a group with special properties called chelates. The name chelate is derived from the Greek word for claw, an apt descriptive term for this type of substance. A chelate is a compound formed between a metallic ion and an organic molecule having two neighboring groups capable of simultaneously combining with the metal to form a ring structure. The chelate resembles a claw with the metal ion clutched between the pincers of the organic molecule.
The chelate structure has such high stability that the metal ion is no longer available for
SAMUEL P. BESSMAN, NORMAN J. DOORENBOS. CHELATION. Ann Intern Med. 1957;47:1036–1041. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-47-5-1036
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;47(5):1036-1041.
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