from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chemistry Having four valences.
  • adj. Chemistry Having a valence of four; tetravalent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a valence of four.
  • n. Any quadrivalent chromosome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a valence of four; capable of combining with, being replaced by, or compared with, four monad atoms; tetravalent; -- said of certain atoms and radicals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In chem., noting an atom the equivalence of which is four, or an element one atom of which is equivalent, in combining power, to four atoms of hydrogen; tetradic; tetratomic.
  • n. A quadrivalent atom or element.


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