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
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adjective, combining form
chem having a specified valencybivalent; trivalent
Word Origin for -valent
C19: from Latin valentia; see valency
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Having a specified valence or valences:polyvalent.
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