a colorless, crystalline solid
, used as an industrial chelating agent, food preservative
, etc. and in medicine
to chelate lead, copper
, etc. in metal poisoning
, to prevent coagulation of blood, etc.
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Word origin of 'EDTA'e(thylene)d(iamine)t(etraacetic) a(cid)