multivalent

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

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.

Origin of multivalent

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

Related forms

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

multivalent

/ (ˌmʌltɪˈveɪlənt) /

adjective

another word for polyvalent

Derived Forms

multivalency, noun
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Medicine 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.

Related forms

mul′ti•valence n.
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Science 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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