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polyvalent

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adjective poly·va·lent \-ˈvā-lənt also pə-ˈli-və-lənt\

Definition of polyvalent

  1. 1 :  having a chemical valence greater usually than two

  2. 2 :  effective against, sensitive toward, or counteracting more than one toxin, microorganism, or antigen <polyvalent vaccines>

polyvalence

play \-lən(t)s\ noun


Origin and Etymology of polyvalent

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1881


Medical Dictionary

polyvalent

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adjective poly·va·lent \ˌpäl-i-ˈvā-lənt\

Medical Definition of polyvalent

  1. 1a:  having a chemical valence greater usually than twob:  having variable valence

  2. 2:  effective against, sensitive toward, or counteracting more than one exciting agent (as a toxin or antigen) <a polyvalent vaccine>

polyvalence

\-lən(t)s\play noun



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