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1. Chemistry
a. Having more than one valence.
b. Having a valence of 3 or higher.
2. Immunology
a. Having more than one site of attachment. Used of an antibody or antigen.
b. Containing antigens from more than one strain of a microorganism or virus. Used of a vaccine or serum.

pol′y·va′lence, pol′y·va′len·cy n.


1. (Chemistry) the state of being polyvalent
2. (Medicine) the state of being polyvalent
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Noun1.polyvalence - (chemistry) the state of having a valence greater than two
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
2.polyvalence - (toxicology) the state of being capable of counteracting more than one toxin or antigen or kind of microorganism
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
toxicology - the branch of pharmacology that deals with the nature and effects and treatments of poisons
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Since poetry functions on polyvalence, translation for me is often a process of unwriting the poem into a prose form and then rewriting it again as poetry.
6) The Rule here is not a limit of the varied ways a text might be interpreted, for Luther's rather conventional medieval exegetical methods at this point in his life assumed Scripture's polyvalence.
Controversial narratives make not simply judging difficult, demanding special attention to the rhetorical fine points that differentiate a simplistic moral from a complex ethic--semantic polyvalence, focalization, register, syntax, irony, tense, aspect, and mood.
Among his perspectives are the theology of the Gospel of Thomas and middle Platonism, Platonism and the apocryphal origins of immortality in the Christian imagination, wisdom in Q and Thomas, a brief history of the parable of the catch of fish in Matthew 13:47-50 and Thomas 8, and apocalypticism or prophecy and the problem of polyvalence.
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En plus d'un gros travail physique, on demande beaucoup de flexibilite et de la polyvalence, d'etre capable de jouer a deux ou trois postes minimum".
36) Although at first this approach to literature may seem to reify the boundary between history and literature, it actually reminds us that the characteristics of the literary--its polyvalence and multiple meanings--are also true of history.