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1. Immunology
a. Containing antigens from a single strain of a microorganism or virus. Used of a vaccine or serum.
b. Having only one site of attachment. Used of an antibody or antigen.
2. Chemistry Univalent.

mon′o·va′lence, mon′o·va′len·cy n.


(Chemistry) chem
a. having a valency of one
b. having only one valency
ˌmonoˈvalence, ˌmonoˈvalency n


(ˌmɒn əˈveɪ lənt)

a. containing only one kind of antibody.
b. pertaining to an antibody fragment with one antigen-binding site.
mon`o•va′lence, mon`o•va′len•cy, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.monovalent - containing only one kind of antibody
immunology - the branch of medical science that studies the body's immune system
polyvalent - containing several antibodies each capable of counteracting a specific antigen; "a polyvalent vaccine"
2.monovalent - having a valence of 1
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
multivalent, polyvalent - having more than one valence, or having a valence of 3 or higher
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Van der Heide suggests that rabbinic and modern approaches are fundamentally opposed on matters of textual polyvalence/ monovalence.
Instead of conforming to the sober logic of monovalence, it violates the rules of propriety governing the proprietary subject and delights in the transgressive discharge of repressed meanings: "The body of the incarnate word marks the negation of the transcendence that is characteristic of God, self, and history" (Erring 168).