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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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British Dictionary definitions for covalence

covalency

/kəʊˈveɪlənsɪ/
noun
1.
the formation and nature of covalent bonds
2.
the number of covalent bonds that a particular atom can make with other atoms in forming a molecule
Derived Forms
covalent, adjective
covalently, adverb
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