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[muhl-ti-vey-luh nt, muhl-tiv-uh-luh nt] /ˌmʌl tɪˈveɪ lənt, mʌlˈtɪv ə lənt/
Chemistry. having a valence of three or higher.
  1. containing several kinds of antibody.
  2. pertaining to an antibody that contains many antigen-binding sites.
  3. pertaining to an antibody that has many determinants.
Origin of multivalent
First recorded in 1870-75; multi- + -valent
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multivalence, noun Unabridged
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another word for polyvalent
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multivalency, noun
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Word Origin and History for multivalent

1874, from multi- + -valent, from Latin valentem, present participle of valere "be worth" (see valiant).

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multivalent in Medicine

multivalent mul·ti·va·lent (mŭl'tĭ-vā'lənt)

  1. Polyvalent.

  2. Of or relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.

  3. Having several sites of attachment for an antibody or antigen.

  4. Having various meanings or values.

mul'ti·va'lence n.
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multivalent in Science
  (mŭl'tĭ-vā'lənt, mŭl-tĭv'ə-lənt)   
  1. Polyvalent.

  2. Relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.

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