Definition of multivalent
1 : polyvalent
2 : represented more than twice in the somatic chromosome number multivalent chromosomes
3 : having many values, meanings, or appeals
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China Miéville is one of those fiction writers whose multivalent imagination — with its monsters, cityscapes of the future, and battles between good and evil — is capable of making readers’ heads explode.
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Origin and Etymology of multivalent
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1863See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of multivalent
: a multivalent group of chromosomes
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