polyvalent

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

poly- +‎ -valent

AdjectiveEdit

polyvalent (comparative more polyvalent, superlative most polyvalent)

  1. multivalent; having a number of different forms, purposes, meanings, aspects or principles.
  2. (chemistry) Having a high valence, especially more than three
  3. (chemistry) Having multiple valencies
  4. (biology) Containing antibodies to more than one kind of pathogen

Derived termsEdit

  • polyvalently

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

from poly- and -valent

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

polyvalent m (feminine polyvalente, masculine plural polyvalents, feminine plural polyvalentes)

  1. versatile, multipurpose; that has various uses, functions, or capacities

NounEdit

polyvalent m (plural polyvalents, feminine polyvalente)

  1. (rare) an employee with various tasks
Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 04:28