polyvalence

polyvalent

[pol-ee-vey-luhnt, puh-liv-uh-luhnt]
adjective
1.
Chemistry. having more than one valence.
2.
Bacteriology. (of an immune serum) containing several antibodies, each capable of reacting with a specific antigen.

Origin:
1880–85; poly- + -valent

polyvalence, noun
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polyvalent (ˌpɒlɪˈveɪlənt, pəˈlɪvələnt)
 
adj
1.  chem having more than one valency
2.  of a vaccine
 a.  effective against several strains of the same disease-producing microorganism, antigen, or toxin
 b.  produced from cultures containing several strains of the same microorganism
 
poly'valency
 
n

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polyvalent pol·y·va·lent (pŏl'ē-vā'lənt)
adj.

  1. Acting against or interacting with more than one kind of antigen, antibody, toxin, or microorganism.

  2. Having more than one chemical valence.


pol'y·va'lence or pol'y·va'len·cy n.
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polyvalent   (pŏl'ē-vā'lənt)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Acting against or interacting with more than one kind of antigen, antibody, toxin, or microorganism.

  2. Having more than one valence. Iron and manganese are polyvalent elements.


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