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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.
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Noun1.polyvalency - (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.polyvalency - (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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(18) Polyvalency, a mode present in the scriptures themselves (and even the Apostle Paul's typological reading of the Crossing of the Red Sea in 1 Corinthians 10), allows room for audiences to generate simultaneous kinds of extra-literal readings.
Nast's analysis is relevant to our framing in its emphasis on the polyvalency of desire and the ambivalence of object choice, and the ways in which it raises questions about the capacities of non-, not-only- or not-necessarily human (including digital) objects to generate new (and reify existing) forms of intimacy, attachment and socio-sexual relation (see also Knafo, 2015).
(1995): "Augustus and Capricorn: Astrological Polyvalency and Imperial Rhetoric", The Journal of Roman Studies, 85, pp.
In contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives, the deconstruction is characterized by unconscious contradiction, dislocation, and polyvalency. Drawing from the above, this reflective paper is premised on the unattainability of a unified, coherent argument for the future of psychoanalytic psychotherapy training in South Africa and the necessity of being critical of the extent to which psychoanalysis itself structures what it argues it should become in a kind of closed system (Parker, 2005).
Haverty Rugg uses the word "re-membering" instead of "dis-membering," calling attention to the word's polyvalency by adding a hyphen between "re" and "membering." Thus, to look at (or take) a photograph is both an act of nostalgia and a bringing-the-dead-back-to-life, an act at once glorious and horrible.
While this comparison may seem inapposite, Boltanski and Chiapello's historical study, The New Spirit of Capitalism (1999) demonstrated the extent to which the corporate management culture of the 1990s (across all sectors of industry) absorbed 'culture', to the extent that the corporate imagination now craves creativity, risk-taking, flexibility, polyvalency, radical autonomy, mobility and openness to change.
Indeed, as Bedes evident delight and mastery in wordplay throughout his commentary suggests, the intrinsic polyvalency of language is itself an image of the immanent, yet transcendent mystery of God's ever-unfolding revelation of Himself to his people.
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'The predicament of dress: polyvalency and the ironies of cultural identity', American Ethnologist 26 (2): 1-23.
In so doing, he "generated a symbolist polyvalency in his deceptively simple stories, making the readers 'feel more than they understood'" (30).
In the section on "Polysemy" the article "Maya Writing: Synonyms and Homonyms, Polyvalency and Polysemy" explores again the possibilities inherent in a polyvalent logographic writing system, explicating processes and representations that are also relevant to the way we conceptualize early developments in Egyptian, Cuneiform, and Chinese writing.
This polyvalency is at once a strength, enabling connection between different fields of work, and also a source of potential misunderstanding.