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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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Examples from the web for covalent
  • Pairs of electrons located between atoms represent covalent bonds.
Word Origin and History for covalent
adj.

1929, from covalence (1919), from co- + valence.

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covalent in Medicine

covalent co·va·lent (kō-vā'lənt)
adj.
Of or relating to a chemical bond characterized by one or more pairs of shared electrons.

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