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English noun: valence

1. valence (attribute) (biology) a relative capacity to unite or react or interact as with antigens or a biological substrate


Broader (hypernym)power, powerfulness

Attributebivalent, double, monovalent, multivalent, polyvalent, univalent

Domain categorybiological science, biology

2. valence (attribute) (chemistry) a property of atoms or radicals; their combining power given in terms of the number of hydrogen atoms (or the equivalent)


Broader (hypernym)power, powerfulness

Narrower (hyponym)covalence, covalency

Attributemonovalent, multivalent, polyvalent, univalent

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

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