avidity

[ uh-vid-i-tee ]
/ əˈvɪd ɪ ti /

noun

eagerness; greediness.
enthusiasm or dedication.

Nearby words

  1. avicenna,
  2. avicularium,
  3. aviculture,
  4. avid,
  5. avidin,
  6. avidly,
  7. avidya,
  8. aviemore,
  9. avifauna,
  10. avigation

Origin of avidity

1400–50; late Middle English avidite < Middle French < Latin aviditās. See avid, -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for avidity

avidity

/ (əˈvɪdɪtɪ) /

noun

the quality or state of being avid
  1. eagerness
  2. greed; avarice
chem
  1. the strength of an acid or base in proportion to its degree of dissociation
  2. another term for affinity (def. 6b)
immunol a measure of antigen-to-antibody binding, based on the rate of formation of the complex
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Word Origin and History for avidity

avidity

n.

mid-15c., "eagerness, zeal," from Old French avidite "avidity, greed," from Latin aviditatem (nominative aviditas) "eagerness, avidity," noun of quality from avidus (see avid).

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