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

Examples of bivalent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wild serotype 2 was last sighted in 1999, so in 2016, as a first step in the endgame, all 155 countries using OPV replaced the trivalent version with a bivalent one, lacking the type 2 component. Leslie Roberts, Science | AAAS, 30 Dec. 2019 As a first step, in April 2016 all countries switched from the trivalent version of OPV—which covers all three types of polio virus—to a bivalent one, which lacks the type 2 component. Leslie Roberts, Science | AAAS, 10 July 2019 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, 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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The first known use of bivalent was in 1869

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“Bivalent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bivalent. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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