trivalent

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

adjective

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

Origin of trivalent

1865–70; tri- + valent

Related forms

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

trivalency, noun
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Medicine definitions for trivalent

trivalent

[ trī-vālənt ]

adj.

Having valence 3.

Related forms

tri•valence null n.
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Science definitions for trivalent

trivalent

[ trī-vālənt ]

Chemistry Having a valence of 3.
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