multivalent

multivalent

[muhl-ti-vey-luhnt, muhl-tiv-uh-luhnt]
adjective
1.
Chemistry. having a valence of three or higher.
2.
Immunology.
a.
containing several kinds of antibody.
b.
pertaining to an antibody that contains many antigen-binding sites.
c.
pertaining to an antibody that has many determinants.

Origin:
1870–75; multi- + -valent

multivalence, noun
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multivalent (ˌmʌltɪˈveɪlənt)
 
adj
another word for polyvalent
 
multi'valency
 
n

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multivalent
1874, from multi- + -valent, from L. valentem, prp. of valere "be worth" (see valiant).
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multivalent mul·ti·va·lent (mŭl'tĭ-vā'lənt)
adj.

  1. Polyvalent.

  2. Of or relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.

  3. Having several sites of attachment for an antibody or antigen.

  4. Having various meanings or values.


mul'ti·va'lence n.
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multivalent   (mŭl'tĭ-vā'lənt, mŭl-tĭv'ə-lənt)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Polyvalent.

  2. Relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.


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