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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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