-valent


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-valent

suff.
Having a specified valence or valences: polyvalent.

[From valence.]

-valent

(ˈveɪlənt)
adj, combining form
chem having a specified valency: bivalent; trivalent.
[C19: from Latin valentia; see valency]

-valent

a combining form with the meanings “having a valence” (quadrivalent), “having homologous chromosomes” (univalent), “having antibodies” (multivalent), of the number specified by the initial element.
[< Latin valent-, s. of valēns, present participle of valēre to be strong]