[ muhl-ti-vey-luh nt, muhl-tiv-uh-luh nt ]
/ ˌmʌl tɪˈveɪ lənt, mʌlˈtɪv ə lənt /


Chemistry. having a valence of three or higher.
  1. containing several kinds of antibody.
  2. pertaining to an antibody that contains many antigen-binding sites.
  3. pertaining to an antibody that has many determinants.

Nearby words

  1. multituberculate,
  2. multitude,
  3. multitude of sins, cover a,
  4. multitudinous,
  5. multiuser system,
  6. multivalent vaccine,
  7. multivalued,
  8. multivalve,
  9. multivariate,
  10. multiverse

Origin of multivalent

First recorded in 1870–75; multi- + -valent

Related formsmul·ti·va·lence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for multivalence


/ (ˌmʌltɪˈveɪlənt) /


another word for polyvalent
Derived Formsmultivalency, noun

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Word Origin and History for multivalence



1874, from multi- + -valent, from Latin valentem, present participle of valere "be worth" (see valiant).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for multivalence


[ mŭl′tĭ-vālənt ]


Of or relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.
Having several sites of attachment for an antibody or antigen.
Having various meanings or values.
Related formsmul′ti•valence n.

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Science definitions for multivalence


[ mŭl′tĭ-vālənt, mŭl-tĭvə-lənt ]

Relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.
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