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n. a salt of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), which is used as a chelating agent in the treatment of poisoning. Dicobalt edetate is an antidote to cyanide, administered by intravenous injection as soon as possible after poisoning. Sodium calcium edetate (Ledclair) is used to treat poisoning by heavy metals, especially lead; it is administered by intravenous infusion.

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