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bivalent

adjective bi·va·lent \ (ˌ)bī-ˈvā-lənt , ˈbī-və- \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of bivalent

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

First Known Use of bivalent

1869

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bivalent

noun

Definition of bivalent

: a pair of synaptic chromosomes

First Known Use of bivalent

circa 1934

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Medical Dictionary

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bivalent

adjective bi·va·lent \ (ˈ)bī-ˈvā-lənt \

medical Definition of bivalent

1 a : 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

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bivalent

noun

medical Definition of bivalent

: a pair of synaptic chromosomes

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