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[muhl-ti-vey-luh nt, muhl-tiv-uh-luh nt]
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  1. Chemistry. having a valence of three or higher.
  2. 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
Related formsmul·ti·va·lence, noun
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  1. another word for polyvalent
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Derived Formsmultivalency, 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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multivalent in Medicine


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


[mŭl′tĭ-vālənt, mŭl-tĭvə-lənt]
  1. Polyvalent.
  2. Relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.
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