pentavalent

[ pen-tuh-vey-luh nt, pen-tav-uh- ]
/ ˌpɛn təˈveɪ lənt, pɛnˈtæv ə- /
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adjective Chemistry.

having a valence of 5: pentavalent arsenic.

Nearby words

  1. pentathlete,
  2. pentathlon,
  3. pentatomic,
  4. pentatonic scale,
  5. pentatonism,
  6. pentazocine,
  7. pentecost,
  8. pentecostal,
  9. pentecostarion,
  10. pentelicus

Origin of pentavalent

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pentavalent

pentavalent

/ (ˌpɛntəˈveɪlənt) /

adjective

chem having a valency of fiveAlso: quinquevalent
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