quadrivalent

[ kwod-ruh-vey-luh nt, kwo-driv-uh- ]
/ ˌkwɒd rəˈveɪ lənt, kwɒˈdrɪv ə- /

adjective Chemistry.

having a valence of four; tetravalent.
exhibiting four different valences, as antimony with valences of 5, 4, 3, and −3.

Origin of quadrivalent

First recorded in 1860–65; quadri- + -valent

Related forms

quad·ri·va·lence, quad·ri·va·len·cy, nounquad·ri·va·lent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for quadrivalent

quadrivalent

/ (ˌkwɒdrɪˈveɪlənt) /

adjective

chem another word for tetravalent

Derived Forms

quadrivalency or quadrivalence, noun
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Medicine definitions for quadrivalent

quadrivalent

[ kwŏd′rə-vālənt ]

adj.

Having four valences.
Having a valence of four; tetravalent.
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