[trahy-vey-luh nt, triv-uh-luh nt]
Chemistry. having a valence of three.
Immunology. having three binding sites, as certain antigens.
Related formstri·va·lence, tri·va·len·cy, noun
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Antimony acts as a trivalent element in the formation of a chloride.
Similarly, we have trivalent, tetravalent, pentavalent elements.
Similarly, a trivalent atom, such as that of Nitrogen, can unite with three monovalent atoms.
The trivalent hydroxides are too weak bases390 to form stable salts with so weak an acid as carbonic acid.
Triatomic, trī-a-tom′ik, adj. consisting of three atoms: trivalent.
British Dictionary definitions for trivalent
having a valency of three
having three valencies
Also: tervalentDerived Formstrivalency, noun
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Related formstri•va′lence null n.
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Chemistry Having a valence of 3.
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