avidity

[uh-vid-i-tee]
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Origin of avidity

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

longing, avarice, cupidity, fervor, enthusiasm, greediness

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British Dictionary definitions for avidity

avidity

noun
  1. the quality or state of being avid
    1. eagerness
    2. greed; avarice
  2. chem
    1. the strength of an acid or base in proportion to its degree of dissociation
    2. another term for affinity (def. 6b)
  3. 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
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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