Etymology
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multivalent (adj.)

1869, originally in chemistry, "having more than one degree of valency," from multi- "many" + -valent (see valence in the chemistry sense). Related Multivalence.

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Definitions of multivalent

multivalent (adj.)
used of the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis;
multivalent (adj.)
having many values, meanings, or appeals;
subtle, multivalent allegory
Synonyms: multi-valued
multivalent (adj.)
having more than one valence, or having a valence of 3 or higher;
Synonyms: polyvalent
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