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A compound that forms a complex with ions in solution. Sequestrants are used to bind ions and prevent their interferences in other reactions. Examples of sequestrants are ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), sodium metaphosphate (Calgon®), Gluconic acid, Citric acid, and Tartaric acid.

Synonyms and Related Terms

sequestering agent; chelating agent; Calgon®

Resources and Citations

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