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
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BESSMAN SP, DOORENBOS NJ. 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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