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multivalent; having more than one valence.


1. Synonym(s): multivalent
2. Pertaining to a polyvalent antiserum.


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


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.


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


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.


multivalent; having more than one valence.

polyvalent vaccine
see polyvalent vaccine.
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Noteworthy for this study is the sensitivity this Syriac interpreter has for the Scriptural text and its polyvalence.
These are aspects of Shi's tafsir not addressed by Saleh in his claim that polyvalence represented the triumph of Sunnism.
I am reminded not only of Brueggemann's words about the polyvalence of truth but of David Tracy's observation that truth is pluriform.
This study underscores how Atencia subverts and re-envisions female gender with images that inhabit the borderlands between art-woman and life-women, but it should be remembered that the mastery and originality of her poetic voice resides in its artfully crafted polyvalence which opens texts to multiple significance.
Like Arp and Hoch, Schwitters was an artist of paradox, polyvalence and unresolved contradiction.
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Ces derniers expriment leur polyvalence en etant auteurs, producteurs, acteurs, monteurs, community managers, etc.
Not out of anti-intellectualism, certainly, but out of a clear understanding that postmodernism, in many of its academic versions, couldn't have cared less about the things that mattered to her: the vitality of shapes; the polyvalence of color; the physicality of pigment; the intensity of images in metamorphosis; and the tangible possibilities for remaking pictorial space in ways never before contemplated, much less realized.
La polyvalence de l'auteure s'illustre a travers son maniement d'une panoplie impressionnante de sources.
But, well before our own time, Shaw reminds us (121-22) that the failure of Ronsard's Franciade and Voltaire's Henriade derived from an analogous polyvalence, from being "at once too historical or political, and not enough"; and that Baudelaire's poetry, too (153-58), contains elements that often represent antithetical currents, rendering his work emblematic of what Shaw would have us (re)discover in every other poetic work: a bottomless semantic richness and complexity.
as it is being isolated and forced to bear not only the polyvalent meanings words have but a grammatical polyvalence which keeps tension
Chapter 1 concerns itself with Marie's self-appointed mission as a preserver of lays, aware of the polyvalence of language and willfully complex in her style, while Chapters 2 and 3 continue to focus on how language in the Lais perturbs, baffles, and even traps both the characters within and the reading/listening audience without, all by Marie's express design.