quadrivalent

[kwod-ruh-vey-luh nt, kwo-driv-uh-]

adjective Chemistry.

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

Nearby words

  1. quadriplegic,
  2. quadripole,
  3. quadrireme,
  4. quadrisect,
  5. quadrisyllable,
  6. quadrivalently,
  7. quadrivia,
  8. quadrivial,
  9. quadrivium,
  10. quadrominium

Origin of quadrivalent

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

Related formsquad·ri·va·lence, quad·ri·va·len·cy, nounquad·ri·va·lent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for quadrivalent

quadrivalent

adjective

chem another word for tetravalent
Derived Formsquadrivalency 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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