from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chemistry Polyvalent.
  • adj. Genetics Of or relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.
  • adj. Immunology Having several sites of attachment for an antibody or antigen.
  • adj. Having various meanings or values: subtle, multivalent allegory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having more than one valency or having a valency greater than 3; polyvalent
  • adj. Having three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis
  • adj. Having more than one attachment site for an antibody or antigen
  • adj. Having many meanings
  • n. Any multivalent chromosome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.
  • adj. Having a valence greater than one, as silicon.
  • adj. Having more than one degree of valence, as sulphur.
  • adj. Having multiple antigen-binding sites; -- of antibody molecules.
  • adj. Containing several types of antibody, to protect against more than one disease; polyvalent; -- of vaccines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In chem., equivalent in combining or displacing power to a number of hydrogen or other monad atoms.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having many values, meanings, or appeals
  • adj. having more than one valence, or having a valence of 3 or higher
  • adj. used of the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis


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