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univalent

[ yoo-nuh-vey-luhnt, yoo-niv-uh- ]
/ ˌyu nəˈveɪ lənt, yuˈnɪv ə- /
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adjective
Chemistry. having a valence of one; monovalent.
Genetics. (of a chromosome) single; unpaired; not possessing or joining its homologous chromosome in synapsis.
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Origin of univalent

First recorded in 1865–70; uni- + -valent
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British Dictionary definitions for univalent

univalent
/ (ˌjuːnɪˈveɪlənt, juːˈnɪvələnt) /

adjective
(of a chromosome during meiosis) not paired with its homologue
chem another word for monovalent

Derived forms of univalent

univalency, noun
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Scientific definitions for univalent

univalent
[ yōō′nĭ-vālənt ]

Having a valence of 1.
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