multivalent

adjective
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

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multivalent noun

Examples of multivalent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moderna also said that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) would conduct a Phase 1 clinical trial to study both the monovalent and multivalent versions of mRNA-1273 vaccines. Chris Smith, BGR, "Moderna just started trialling a modified version of its coronavirus vaccine," 12 Mar. 2021 Moderna hasn’t specified when a study would begin for the multivalent candidate. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccines Targeting Multiple Strains Are in the Works," 10 Mar. 2021 The final 20 will get 50 µg of a multivalent booster candidate. Chris Smith, BGR, "Moderna just started trialling a modified version of its coronavirus vaccine," 12 Mar. 2021 Testing multivalent vaccine candidates in people hasn’t started yet. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccines Targeting Multiple Strains Are in the Works," 10 Mar. 2021 If new variants circulate alongside older strains, multivalent vaccines, effective against several lineages, might even be needed. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "New coronavirus variants could cause more reinfections, require updated vaccines," 15 Jan. 2021 For a certain section of the British population, namely white-collar office workers in London and the other major urban centers, the sandwich chain Pret a Manger has an immense, multivalent significance. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Future of the Office Lunch," 28 Sep. 2020 The reality is that the Joker already had a multivalent political identity, long before this new movie was conceived. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Is Joker Just a Movie?," 5 Sep. 2019 It’s more accurate to see them as manifestations of a lifetime’s voracious, multivalent reading and looking—inventive mental collages or marvelous pastiches of unimaginably wide-ranging sources. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Born to Be Posthumous’ Review: Peculiar, Cynical, Ironic & Witty," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of multivalent

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for multivalent

International Scientific Vocabulary

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The first known use of multivalent was in 1863

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“Multivalent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multivalent. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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multivalent

adjective
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

multivalent

noun

Medical Definition of multivalent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a multivalent group of chromosomes

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