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Polyvalent

Definition
adjective
(immunology) Of or pertaining to having several antibodies each capable of destroying or inactivating a specific antigen.
(chemistry) Having more than one valence, that is having a valence of three or more.
Supplement
Word origin: poly– (a combining form that means many) + valent from valence.
Related forms: polyvalence (noun)
Synonym: multivalent
Compare: bivalent
See also: valence


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