Definition of quadridentate in US English:

quadridentate

adjective

  • 1Botany and Zoology. Having four serrations, teeth, or toothlike projections.

  • 2Chemistry. Of a ligand: forming four separate bonds. Of a complex: formed by such a ligand.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in James Lee (1715–1795), nurseryman. From post-classical Latin quadridentatus from classical Latin quadri- + dentātus.

Pronunciation

quadridentate

/ˌkwɒdrɪˈdɛnteɪt/