Ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid, widely abbreviated as EDTA is an aminopolycarboxylic acid and a colourless, water-soluble solid. Its conjugate base is named ethylene diamine tetra acetate. It is widely used to dissolve limescale. Its usefulness arises because of its role as a hexadentate ("six-toothed") ligand and chelating agent, i.e. its ability to "sequester" metalions such as Ca2+ and Fe3+. After being bound by EDTA, metal ions remain in solution but exhibit diminished reactivity. EDTA is produced as several salts.
1) Molar mass: 292.24 g/mol
2) Formula: C10H16N2O8
3) Density: 860.00 kg/m
4) Soluble in: Water
5) Drug class: Lead Chelator
1) Used in the textile industry to prevent metal ion impurities
2) Helps to remove excess iron from the body
3) EDTA is used in the practice of chelation therapy
4) EDTA salts are added in cleaners, shampoos & other personal care products
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