Definition of divalent in English:

divalent

adjective

Chemistry
  • Having a valency of two.

    • ‘However, EDTA is not ideal because it also binds essential divalent cations such as calcium and zinc.’
    • ‘On different days, the standard protocol was repeated with the diluent containing different divalent ion concentrations.’
    • ‘Experiments with erythrocytes were repeated with either sodium sulfate or sodium nitrate replacing the divalent ion at the same concentration.’
    • ‘In an alternative model, two pairs of the negatively charged residues would chelate two divalent cations.’
    • ‘Our observations support the claim that monovalent or divalent cations are not necessary to polymerize G-actin into F-actin.’

Pronunciation:

divalent

/dʌɪˈveɪl(ə)nt/