Meaning of UNIVALENT in English


I. |yünə|vālənt, yüˈnivələnt adjective

Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary uni- + valent

: having a valence of one: as

a. : capable usually of combining with only one atom of another element

the hydrogen atom … is taken to be univalent — N.N.Greenwood

b. of a chromosome : lacking a synaptic mate : single

c. of an antibody : capable of agglutinating or precipitating but not both : having only one combining group

II. noun

: a univalent chromosome

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.