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multivalent adj
1 used of the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis [ant: univalent, bivalent]
2 having more than one valence, or having a valence of 3 or higher [syn: polyvalent] [ant: monovalent]
3 having many values, meanings, or appeals; "subtle, multivalent allegory" [syn: multi-valued]

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English

Adjective

  1. Having more than one valency or having a valency greater than 3; polyvalent
  2. Having three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis
  3. Having more than one attachment site for an antibody or antigen
  4. Having many meanings

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