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bivalent

 [bi-va´lent]
the structure formed by a pair of homologous chromosomes joined by synapsis along their length during the zygotene and pachytene stages of the first meiotic prophase. After each homologous chromosome splits into two sister chromatids during the pachytene stage, this structure is called a tetrad.
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bi·va·lent

(bī-vā'lent, biv'ă-lent),
1. Having a combining power (valence) of 2.
See also: tetrad. Synonym(s): divalent
2. In cytology, a structure consisting of two paired homologous chromosomes, each split into two sister chromatids, as seen during the pachytene stage of prophase in meiosis.
See also: tetrad.
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bivalent

(bī-vā′lənt)
adj.
1. Genetics Relating to or being a pair of homologous, side-by-side chromosomes, especially during meiosis; double.
2. Chemistry & Immunology Divalent.

bi·va′lence, bi·va′len·cy n.
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bivalent

Chemistry
adjective Referring to an atom with 2 valent states.
 
Genetics
adjective Referring to either of 2 homologous chromosomes in synapsis during meiosis.
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bi·va·lent

(bī-vā'lĕnt)
1. Having a combining power (valence) of two.
Synonym(s): divalent.
2. cytology a structure consisting of two paired homologous chromosomes, each split into two sister chromatids, as seen during the pachytene stage of prophase in meiosis.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

bivalent

(of a pair of homologous CHROMOSOMES) being paired during prophase I of MEIOSIS. Compare MULTIVALENT.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005