The state of being polyvalent.

(immunology) The state of being capable of destroying or inactivating more than one antigen or toxin or microorganism.

(chemistry) The state of having a valence of more than two.


Word origin: poly- (a combining form meaning many, several) + valence

Related forms: polyvalent (noun)


  • multivalence
  • multivalency
  • polyvalency

Compare: bivalence

See also: valence

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