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1. Genetics Of or relating to the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis.
2. Chemistry & Immunology Polyvalent.
3. Having various meanings or values: subtle, multivalent allegory.
(Chemistry) another word for polyvalent
ˌmultiˈvalency, ˌmultiˈvalence n
mul•ti•va•lent(ˌmʌl tɪˈveɪ lənt, mʌlˈtɪv ə lənt)
1. having a chemical valence of three or higher.
a. containing several kinds of antibody.
b. pertaining to an antibody that contains many antigen-binding sites.
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|Adj.||1.||multivalent - used of the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis|
univalent - used of a chromosome that is not paired or united with its homologous chromosome during synapsis; "a univalent chromosome"
|2.||multivalent - having more than one valence, or having a valence of 3 or higher|
|3.||multivalent - having many values, meanings, or appeals; "subtle, multivalent allegory"|
ambiguous - having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"