[muhl-ti-vey-luh nt, muhl-tiv-uh-luh nt]
Chemistry. having a valence of three or higher.
- containing several kinds of antibody.
- pertaining to an antibody that contains many antigen-binding sites.
- pertaining to an antibody that has many determinants.
Related formsmul·ti·va·lence, noun
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Word Origin and History for multivalent
1874, from multi- + -valent, from Latin valentem, present participle of valere "be worth" (see valiant).
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Related formsmul′ti•va′lence n.
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.
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Relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.
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