univalent

1 of 2

adjective

uni·​va·​lent ˌyü-ni-ˈvā-lənt How to pronounce univalent (audio)
1
2
: being a chromosomal univalent

univalent

2 of 2

noun

: a chromosome that lacks a synaptic mate

Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of univalent was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Univalent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/univalent. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

univalent

1 of 2 noun
uni·​va·​lent ˌyü-ni-ˈvā-lənt How to pronounce univalent (audio)
: a chromosome that lacks a synaptic mate

univalent

2 of 2 adjective
1
2
: being a chromosomal univalent
3
of an antibody : capable of agglutinating or precipitating but not both : having only one combining group
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