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.

Nearby words

  1. -uret,
  2. -uretic,
  3. -urgy,
  4. -uria,
  5. -uronic,
  6. -ville,
  7. -viridae,
  8. -virinae,
  9. -virus,
  10. -visaged

Origin of -valent

< Latin valent- (stem of valēns, present participle of valēre to be strong); see equivalent

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British Dictionary definitions for -valent


adjective, combining form

chem having a specified valencybivalent; trivalent

Word Origin for -valent

C19: from Latin valentia; see valency

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Medicine definitions for -valent



Having a specified valence or valences:polyvalent.

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