multivalent

adjective mul·ti·va·lent \ ˌməl-tē-ˈvā-lənt , -ˌtī- , especially in sense 3 ˌməl-ˈti-və- \

Definition of multivalent

2 : represented more than twice in the somatic chromosome number
  • multivalent chromosomes
3 : having many values, meanings, or appeals

multivalent

noun

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multivalent

adjective mul·ti·va·lent \ ˌməl-ti-ˈvā-lənt , -ˌtī- \

medical Definition of multivalent

2 : represented more than twice in the somatic chromosome number
  • multivalent chromosomes

2

multivalent

noun

medical Definition of multivalent

: a multivalent group of chromosomes

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