Definition of tervalent in English:

tervalent

adjective

Chemistry
  • another term for trivalent
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

tervalent

/tərˈvālənt//tərˈveɪlənt/