What is the difference between Divalent and Bivalent?

The difference between divalent and bivalent

is that "divalent" is having an atomic valence of 2 and "bivalent" is having a valence of 2; having two ligands.

divalent

bivalent

Adjective

  • (chemistry) Having an atomic valence of 2.
  • (medicine) Having a vaccine valence of 2.

Adjective

  • (chemistry) Having a valence of 2; having two ligands
  • (genetics) Of, or relating to a pair of homologous synapsed chromosomes that occur during meiosis.
  • (of a vaccine) Protecting against two different viruses.

Related terms

  • univalent
  • polyvalent

Noun

  • (genetics) Any bivalent chromosome.