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polyvalent

[ pol-ee-vey-luhnt, puh-liv-uh-luhnt ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈveɪ lənt, pəˈlɪv ə lənt /
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adjective
Chemistry. having more than one valence.
Bacteriology. (of an immune serum) containing several antibodies, each capable of reacting with a specific antigen.
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Origin of polyvalent

First recorded in 1880–85; poly- + -valent

OTHER WORDS FROM polyvalent

pol·y·va·lence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for polyvalent

polyvalent
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈveɪlənt, pəˈlɪvələnt) /

adjective
chem having more than one valency
(of a vaccine)
  1. effective against several strains of the same disease-producing microorganism, antigen, or toxin
  2. produced from cultures containing several strains of the same microorganism

Derived forms of polyvalent

polyvalency, noun
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Scientific definitions for polyvalent

polyvalent
[ pŏl′ē-vālənt ]

Acting against or interacting with more than one kind of antigen, antibody, toxin, or microorganism.
Having more than one valence. Iron and manganese are polyvalent elements.
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