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multivalent

[ muhl-ti-vey-luhnt, muhl-tiv-uh-luhnt ]
/ ˌmʌl tɪˈveɪ lənt, mʌlˈtɪv ə lənt /
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adjective
Chemistry. having a valence of three or higher.
Immunology.
  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.
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Origin of multivalent

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

OTHER WORDS FROM multivalent

mul·ti·va·lence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for multivalent

multivalent
/ (ˌmʌltɪˈveɪlənt) /

adjective
another word for polyvalent

Derived forms of multivalent

multivalency, noun
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Medical definitions for multivalent

multivalent
[ mŭl′tĭ-vālənt ]

adj.
Polyvalent.
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.

Other words from multivalent

mul′ti•valence n.
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Scientific definitions for multivalent

multivalent
[ mŭl′tĭ-vālənt, mŭl-tĭvə-lənt ]

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