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a combining form with the meanings “having a valence” (quadrivalent), “having homologous chromosomes” (univalent), “having antibodies” (multivalent), of the number specified by the initial element.
Origin of -valent
< Latin valent- (stem of valēns, present participle of valēre to be strong); see equivalent Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -valent


adjective, combining form
(chem) having a specified valency: bivalent, trivalent
Word Origin
C19: from Latin valentia; see valency
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-valent in Medicine

-valent suff.
Having a specified valence or valences: polyvalent.

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