trivalent

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

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

Nearby words

  1. triumvir,
  2. triumvirate,
  3. triune,
  4. triunitarian,
  5. triunity,
  6. trivalve,
  7. trivandrum,
  8. trivet,
  9. trivia,
  10. trivial

Origin of trivalent

1865–70; tri- + valent

Related formstri·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 Formstrivalency, noun

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Medicine definitions for trivalent

trivalent

[ trī-vālənt ]

adj.

Having valence 3.
Related formstri•valence null n.


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Science definitions for trivalent

trivalent

[ trī-vālənt ]

Chemistry Having a valence of 3.
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