[ bahy-vey-luh nt, biv-uh- ]
/ baɪˈveɪ lənt, ˈbɪv ə- /
- having a valence of two.
- having two valences, as aluminum with valences of two and three.
Genetics. pertaining to associations of two homologous chromosomes.
Genetics. a pair of bivalent chromosomes, especially when pairing during meiosis.
Words nearby bivalent
OTHER WORDS FROM bivalentbi·va·lence [bahy-vey-luh ns, biv-uh-luh ns] /baɪˈveɪ ləns, ˈbɪv ə ləns/, bi·va·len·cy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bivalence (1 of 2)
/ (baɪˈveɪləns, ˈbɪvə-) /
logic philosophy the semantic principle that there are exactly two truth values, so that every meaningful statement is either true or falseCompare many-valued logic
British Dictionary definitions for bivalence (2 of 2)
/ (baɪˈveɪlənt, ˈbɪvə-) /
chem another word for divalent
(of homologous chromosomes) associated together in pairs
a structure formed during meiosis consisting of two homologous chromosomes associated together
Derived forms of bivalentbivalency, noun
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Medical definitions for bivalence
[ bī-vā′lənt ]
Having a valence of 2; divalent.
Consisting of a pair of homologous, synapsed chromosomes, as occurs during meiosis; double.
A pair of homologous, synapsed chromosomes associated together during meiosis.
Other words from bivalentbi•va′lence null n.
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Scientific definitions for bivalence
[ bī-vā′lənt ]
Chemistry Having a valence of 2.
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