mul·​ti·​va·​lent | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈvā-lənt How to pronounce multivalent (audio) , -ˌtī- How to pronounce multivalent (audio) , especially in sense 3 ˌməl-ˈti-və- How to pronounce multivalent (audio) \

Definition of multivalent

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

Other Words from multivalent

multivalent noun

Examples of multivalent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Moderna touted the findings as evidence that bivalent or multivalent vaccines—those that target two or more versions of the virus in a single shot—are the way forward for COVID-19 boosters. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 21 Apr. 2022 Deploying a vaccine that targets more than one variant, also known as a multivalent vaccine, could provide broader protection than the existing vaccines. NBC News, 6 Apr. 2022 Hoge also said the company is working on a multivalent vaccine dose that would target four variants, including omicron. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2021 The company is taking a three-pronged approach, studying how a higher-dose booster holds up against omicron, as well as testing two other multivalent boosters and one that's specifically created to address the omicron mutations. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 9 Dec. 2021 Writer-director Leslie Harris uses Brooklyn in all its multivalent Blackness as a backdrop for the story of Chantal (Ariyan A. Johnson), a high-school junior whose strength of characterization is rooted in her normalcy. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 On November 26, Moderna released a three-pronged plan to address Omicron that includes testing higher doses, developing multivalent vaccines, and making an Omicron-specific vaccine. Yasmin Tayag, Fortune, 2 Dec. 2021 Several companies are developing multivalent Covid-19 vaccines, which would target SARS-CoV-2 variants. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2021 For the monarch butterfly is as multivalent a metaphor as Gandis could conjure up. Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of multivalent

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for multivalent


mul·​ti·​va·​lent | \ ˌməl-ti-ˈvā-lənt How to pronounce multivalent (audio) , -ˌtī- How to pronounce multivalent (audio) \

Medical Definition of multivalent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Medical Definition of multivalent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a multivalent group of chromosomes


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