-valent [vā′lənt]
[< L valens: see VALENCE] Chem. suffix meaningChem. suffix
1. having a specified valence
2. having a specified number of valences: Although both the Greek set of prefixes ( mono-, di-, tri-, tetra-, penta-, etc.) and the Latin ( uni-, bi-, ter-, quadri-, quinque-, etc.) are used with -valent, the Latin set is preferred when designating the number of valences an element exhibits and the Greek when designating the specific valence of some atom or radical

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