Definition of Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid

1. Noun. A complex molecule used medically to chelate metal ions in cases of lead or heavy metal poisoning.

Exact synonyms: Edta
Generic synonyms: Molecule



Medical Definition of Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid

1. (HOOC-CH2)2N(CH2) 2N(CH2-COOH)2;a chelating agent used to remove multivalent cations from solution as chelates, and used in biochemical research to remove Magnesium, Fe2+, etc., from reactions affected by such ions. As the sodium salt, used as a water softener, to stabilise drugs rapidly decomposed in the presence of traces of metal ions, and as an anticoagulant; as the sodium calcium salt, used to remove radium, lead, strontium, plutonium, and cadmium from the skeleton, forming stable un-ionised soluble compounds that are excreted by the kidneys. Compare: EGTA. Synonym: edathamil, edetic acid. Acronym: EDTA (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid

ethylene chlorohydrin
ethylene diamine tetra acetate
ethylene dibromide
ethylene dichlorides
ethylene glycol
ethylene glycols
ethylene interpolymer
ethylene interpolymers
ethylene oxide
ethylene tetrachloride
ethylenebis(dithiocarbamates)
ethylenediamine
ethylenediaminetetraacetate
ethylenediaminetetraacetates
ethylenediaminetetraacetic
ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (current term)
ethylenediaminetetracetate
ethylenediaminetetracetates
ethylenediaminetetracetic acid
ethyleneimine
ethyleneimines
ethylenes
ethylenethiourea
ethylenic
ethylenimine
ethylenimines
ethylestrenol
ethylic
ethylidene
ethylideneproline

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