[bahy-vey-luh nt, biv-uh-]
- 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.
Origin of bivalent
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- chem another word for divalent
- (of homologous chromosomes) associated together in pairs
- a structure formed during meiosis consisting of two homologous chromosomes associated together
Word Origin and History for bivalency
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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- Chemistry Having a valence of 2.
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