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covalence

[koh-vey-luh ns] /koʊˈveɪ ləns/
noun, Chemistry
1.
the number of electron pairs that an atom can share with other atoms.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; co- + valence
Related forms
covalent, adjective
covalently, adverb
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