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valency

noun [C] uk   /ˈveɪ.lən.si/ ( also valence ) specialized us  
a measurement that shows the number of hydrogen atoms that can combine with one atom of a particular chemical element to make a compound, used to describe how easily an element can connect in a chemical way with others: Zinc has a valency of 2.
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