covalence

[koh-vey-luhns]
noun Chemistry.
the number of electron pairs that an atom can share with other atoms.

Origin:
1915–20; co- + valence

covalent, adjective
covalently, adverb
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covalency or covalence (kəʊˈveɪlənsɪ)
 
n
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
 
covalence or covalence
 
n
 
co'valent or covalence
 
adj
 
co'valently or covalence
 
adv

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covalent
1929, from covalence (1919), from co- + valence.
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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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Pairs of electrons located between atoms represent covalent bonds.
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