What does bivalent mean?

bivalent meaning in General Dictionary

Equivalent in incorporating or displacing power to two atoms of hydrogen dyad

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  • having a valence of two or having two valences
  • utilized of homologous chromosomes linked in pairs in synapsis
  • Equivalent in incorporating or displacing capacity to two atoms of hydrogen; dyad.

bivalent meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1864, of chemical compounds, 1899, of chromosomes, from bi- + -valent, from Latin valentem, present participle of valere "be well worth" (see valiant).


bivalent - German to English

two-condition [attr.]


bivalent meaning in General Dictionary

(p. pr.) Equivalent in incorporating or displacing power to two atoms of hydrogen; dyad.


Sentence Examples with the word bivalent

It is chemically related to cadmium and mercury, the resemblance to cadmium being especially well marked; one distinction is that zinc is less basigenic. Zinc is capable of isomorphously replacing many of the bivalent metals - magnesium, manganese, iron, nickel, cobalt and cadmium.

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