Pronunciation: (kē-lā'shun), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/chelation.html on line 73 [key]
1. Chem.the process of chelating.
a. a method of removing certain heavy metals from the bloodstream, used esp. in treating lead or mercury poisoning.
b. a controversial treatment for arteriosclerosis that attempts to remove calcium deposits from the inner walls of the coronary arteries.
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