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1. Genetics Relating to or being a pair of homologous, side-by-side chromosomes, especially during meiosis; double.
2. Chemistry & Immunology Divalent.

bi·va′lence, bi·va′len·cy n.
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1998) 'Simultaneity and bivalency as strategies in bilingualism', Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 8 (1): 3-29.
3A), which takes advantage of the bivalency or multivalency of the main antibody isotypes.
Fusion lengthens serum half-life, and introduces bivalency which increases affinity for TNF.