valence

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Not to be confused with valance.

Pronunciation[change]

IPA: ˈveɪləns

Noun[change]

Singular
valence

Plural
valences

  1. A valence is something that determines the number of atoms that will bond with another kind of atom.
  2. A valence is a certain amount of atoms or groups in a basic combination that an atom or group can actually hold.