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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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In recent years, multiple modes of partisan monovalence have now emerged: one-sided community radio, polemical satellite TV stations, and self-reinforcing social media circles.
Van der Heide suggests that rabbinic and modern approaches are fundamentally opposed on matters of textual polyvalence/ monovalence. Here I think his contrast might be serviceable if we expand his specific discussion of rabbinic interpretation to the more general premodern theological inquiry into Scripture carried out by both Jews and Christians.
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).