Definition of tervalent in English:

tervalent

adjective

Chemistry
  • another term for trivalent
    • ‘The second deoxygenating step requires a nucleophilic tervalent phosphorus reagent, which attacks at thenitroso oxygen with the probable formation of intermedi-ate 6.’
    • ‘The incorporation of the aforementioned additional anions in the composition can be effective in the form of the acids or salts, typically, the calcium and tervalent iron or aluminum salts.’
    • ‘Due to the proximity of the half-wave potentials of the formal 1+/0 and 0/1- couples, there is substantial disproportionation of the redox sites at room temperature, resulting in a conductive tervalent mixed-valent material.’

Pronunciation:

tervalent

/təːˈveɪl(ə)nt/