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Pronunciation: ed'e-tat

Definition: USAN-approved contraction for ethylenediaminetetraacetate, the anion of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid; various edetates are used as chelating agents to carry cations in (ferric sodium edetate as an iron ion carrier) or out (sodium edetate for calcium or heavy metal ion removal).

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