[muhl-ti-vey-luh nt, muhl-tiv-uh-luh nt]
- Chemistry. having a valence of three or higher.
- containing several kinds of antibody.
- pertaining to an antibody that contains many antigen-binding sites.
- pertaining to an antibody that has many determinants.
Origin of multivalent
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Examples from the Web for multivalent
Where he sees lack of narrative, I find the opposite—narrative in all its multivalent forms.Not Much New in Douglas Rushkoff’s Reading of the Future
March 26, 2013
Development of a multivalent antivenin for the family Crotalidae.
With these salts the full effect of multivalent anions is not attained, so that somewhat strong solutions are necessary.
Thus, suitable stripping agents for chrome leather would be the alkali salts of organic acids (especially if multivalent).
- another word for polyvalent
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Word Origin and History for multivalent
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.
- Having several sites of attachment for an antibody or antigen.
- Having various meanings or values.
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- Relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.
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