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polyvalent

 [pol″e-va´lent]
multivalent; having more than one valence.

pol·y·va·lent

(pol'ē-vā'lent),
1. Synonym(s): multivalent
2. Pertaining to a polyvalent antiserum.

polyvalent

/poly·va·lent/ (-va´lent) multivalent.

polyvalent

(pŏl′ē-vā′lənt)
adj.
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.

polyvalent

denoting the capacity of an element to combine with two or more atoms.

mul·ti·va·lent

(mŭl'tē-vā'lĕnt)
1. chemistry Having a combining power (valence) of more than one hydrogen atom.
2. Efficacious in more than one direction.
3. Any antiserum specific for more than one antigen or organism.
Synonym(s): polyvalent (1) .

pol·y·va·lent se·rum

(pol'ē-vā'lĕnt sēr'ŭm)
An antiserum obtained by inoculating an animal with several antigens or species or strains of bacteria.

polyvalent

multivalent; having more than one valence.

polyvalent vaccine
see polyvalent vaccine.