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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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She thus conceives of a narrative position that deconstructs deviance and makes apparent its tactical polyvalence.
An illustration of this would be the fact that so-called realist art can be made, in practice, to yield just as much polyvalence as experimental art, provided that it is read in a particular way.
Polyvalence and openness of the statement without historical necessity and goal-directed development recalls the texts of antiquity--such as the Purana, for example--where one can experience a beguiling confusion of cosmogonic stories and adventures of Vishnu, Shiva, or the goddess Sita, but also an expanse of cosmologies, rites, social or religious laws, calendars, or stories of old customs.
Further, the bishops said in response to ICEL that to insist that he is male rather than "gramatically masculine, ignores the polyvalence of language, especially about the Godhead and reinforces a fundamentalist, literalist mindset.
In many ways the most interesting aspect of the study to the present reviewer was the author's attempt to exploit an understanding of the polyvalence of metaphorical language in connection with the conviction that Matthew with some deliberateness brought traditions from a range of sources without imposing his own redactional unity on them, because he was committed to promoting a critical reflectiveness among his readers.
285) et il devait necessairement briller par sa polyvalence afin d'assurer la mise en place et la stabilite d'un reseau complexe aussi bien etabli que le sien .
This explains the great polyvalence of religious events.
Out of this aesthetic emerges a postmodern sensibility satisfied to defer clarification of content in the interest of apprehending the gestures of polyvalence themselves.
My experience as a polyglot taught me the courage to face this arbitrariness, and still not jump to the conclusion that anything goes, that arbitrary does not equate absurd and polyvalence does not mean anarchy.
The anthology enquires into why the Bible's literal sense became paramount over the fourfold reading's older polyvalence, then discusses structuralist and post-structuralist handlings of the sort Culler relishes.
Scholars and performers need to remain more firmly attached to the polyvalence of early notation as they learn to deal with it directly, reducing the need to spell out performance options.