- containing only one kind of antibody.
- pertaining to an antibody fragment with one antigen-binding site.
Origin of monovalent
Related formsmon·o·va·lence, mon·o·va·len·cy, noun
First recorded in 1865–70; mono-
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For the sake of simplicity we can assume that these ions are all monovalent.
Cholesterine, ko-les′te-rin, n. a substance occurring abundantly in bile and biliary calculi, probably a monovalent alcohol.
Monovalent atoms are those which can, under no circumstances, unite with more than one other atom.
Similarly, a trivalent atom, such as that of Nitrogen, can unite with three monovalent atoms.
A tetravalent atom, such as that of Carbon, can combine with four monovalent atoms.
British Dictionary definitions for monovalent
Derived Formsmonovalence or monovalency, noun chem
- having a valency of one
- having only one valency
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Related formsmon′o•va′lence null n.
Able to form only one covalent or ionic bond.
Having a valence of one; univalent.
Of or relating to an antiserum containing an antibody or antibodies specific for one antigen.
Containing antigens from a single strain of a microorganism.
Having only one site of attachment. Used of an antibody or antigen.
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Having a valence of 1; univalent.
Containing antigens from a single strain of a microorganism or virus. Used of a vaccine or serum.
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