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

  • adj. Acting against or interacting with more than one kind of antigen, antibody, toxin, or microorganism.
  • adj. Chemistry Having more than one valence.
  • adj. Chemistry Having a valence of 3 or higher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. multivalent; having a number of different forms, purposes, meanings, aspects or principles.
  • adj. Having a high valence, especially more than three
  • adj. Having multiple valencies
  • adj. Containing antibodies to more than one kind of pathogen

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Multivalent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Having a valence greater than unity: used of chemical elements and radicals. The term is sometimes used, less correctly, of compounds, especially of alcohols and phenols, derived from polyvalent radicals. Such compounds are now correctly termed polyacid alcohols.

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

  • adj. containing several antibodies each capable of counteracting a specific antigen
  • adj. having more than one valence, or having a valence of 3 or higher


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