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Meaning of BIVALENT

Pronunciation:  bI'veylunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (genetics) used of homologous chromosomes associated in pairs in synapsis
  2. [adj]  (chemistry) having a valence of two or having two valences

BIVALENT is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: divalent, double
 Antonyms: multivalent, univalent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Biv"a*lent\, a. [L. bis twice + valens, p. pr. See
{Valence}.] (Chem.)
Equivalent in combining or displacing power to two atoms of
hydrogen; dyad.

Biology Dictionary
  1. A pair of homologous chromosomes which have joined together (are synapsed) during prophase I and metaphase I of meiosis.
  2. An atom or radical group which has a valence of two, or which can combine with two (rather than one) different other atoms or molecules.