Meaning of chelation

che•la•tion

Pronunciation: (kē-lā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the process of chelating.
    1. a method of removing certain heavy metals from the bloodstream, used esp. in treating lead or mercury poisoning.
    2. a controversial treatment for arteriosclerosis that attempts to remove calcium deposits from the inner walls of the coronary arteries.
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