avidity

noun avid·ity \ ə-ˈvi-də-tē , a- \
Updated on: 6 Mar 2018

Definition of avidity

plural avidities
1 : the quality or state of being avid:
a : keen eagerness
b : consuming greed
2 : affinity 2b(2)

Examples of avidity in a Sentence

  1. an advanced case of avidity that led to shoplifting at the tender age of 13

  2. in her avidity to express her opinions, she frequently and unthinkingly interrupts people

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First Known Use of avidity

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Dictionary

avidity

noun avid·ity \ ə-ˈvi-də-tē, a- also ā- \

medical Definition of avidity

: a characteristic of antibodies (such as antitoxins) that tends to enhance their rate or stability in binding with an antigen
  • Antibody avidity is an average measure of the affinity of the antibodies for a particular antigen in a serum sample.
  • —Dominic F. KellyThe New England Journal of Medicine21 Dec. 2005


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