bivalent

adjective
bi·​va·​lent | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈvā-lənt How to pronounce bivalent (audio) , ˈbī-və- How to pronounce bivalent (audio) \

Definition of bivalent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 chemistry having a valence of two : divalent bivalent calcium
2 genetics : associated in pairs in synapsis bivalent chromosomes
3 immunology : having two combining sites a bivalent antibody capable of binding to two molecules of an antigen
4 medical : conferring immunity to two diseases or two serotypes a bivalent vaccine

bivalent

noun

Definition of bivalent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pair of synaptic chromosomes

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In April of that year, the 155 countries still using the trivalent vaccine, which targets all three polio variants, replaced it with a bivalent vaccine with the type 2 component removed. Leslie Roberts, Science | AAAS, "Alarming polio outbreak spreads in Congo, threatening global eradication efforts," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of bivalent

Adjective

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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bivalent

adjective
bi·​va·​lent | \ (ˈ)bī-ˈvā-lənt How to pronounce bivalent (audio) \

Medical Definition of bivalent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : divalent bivalent calcium
b : having two combining sites a bivalent antibody capable of binding to two molecules of an antigen
2 : associated in pairs in synapsis bivalent chromosomes
3 : conferring immunity to two diseases or two serotypes a bivalent vaccine protecting against hepatitis A and hepatitis B

bivalent

noun

Medical Definition of bivalent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pair of synaptic chromosomes

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