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avidity

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Definition a measure of the strength of binding of the antibody-antigen complex
  • She seized on these words with avidity.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • She longed to be renowned like others, and read with avidity all the complimentary or critical comments made concerning others high in her profession.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • A little more, St. John — look at the avidity in her eyes.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Me the weary booking agent or impresario, watched by them with wrath and avidity, with tics, with dignity by some and booby-hatch glares by others.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The life in the great feudal chateaux was so dull that the lords and ladies seized with avidity any amusement which promised to while away an idle hour.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • She poured out a cup, and drank it with a frightful avidity, which seemed desirous of draining the last drop in the goblet.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Hubert Bazin with his copper mask and boyish avidity and his breath like crushed insects.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • She had an avidity for the forbidden wordsymbols; an insatiable appetite for the sound of them on his tongue and on her own.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • He was staring at the door with a kind of drugged avidity, and his upper body seemed to twitch and jiggle beneath his flannel shirt.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I was too much exhausted to reflect upon this circumstance, but ate and drank with avidity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Mercy Warren had written to the Adamses while they were still in London that the current "avidity for pleasure" in America was certain to lead to trouble.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It may be judged whether d'Artagnan looked or listened with avidity.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • This meal was devoured by my worthy relative with avidity and voracity.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • I wish he could have witnessed the horrible avidity with which Oliver tore the bits asunder with all the ferocity of famine.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The man began to eat with avidity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Look! father, look!" exclaimed several voices at once, seizing with avidity, an opportunity to interrupt a dialogue which threatened to become more violent.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Restless, discontented, visionary, without personal ambitions, but with a certain avidity of imagination, she was, as I have said before, eminently incomplete.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • They wanted high excitement, not from the necessity of stimulating jaded nerves but with the avidity of prize-winning schoolchildren who deserved their vacations.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Madame de Villefort listened with avidity to these appalling maxims and horrible paradoxes, delivered by the count with that ironical simplicity which was peculiar to him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But the cursory glance my father had taken of my volume by no means assured me that he was acquainted with its contents, and I continued to read with the greatest avidity.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein

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