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trivalent

[ trahy-vey-luhnt, triv-uh-luhnt ]
/ traɪˈveɪ lənt, ˈtrɪv ə lənt /
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adjective

Chemistry. having a valence of three.
Immunology. having three binding sites, as certain antigens.

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Origin of trivalent

1865–70; tri- + -valent

OTHER WORDS FROM trivalent

tri·va·lence, tri·va·len·cy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for trivalent

trivalent
/ (traɪˈveɪlənt, ˈtrɪvələnt) /

adjective chem

having a valency of three
having three valencies
Also: tervalent

Derived forms of trivalent

trivalency, noun
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Medical definitions for trivalent

trivalent
[ trī-vālənt ]

adj.

Having valence 3.

Other words from trivalent

tri•valence null n.
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Scientific definitions for trivalent

trivalent
[ trī-vālənt ]

Chemistry Having a valence of 3.
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