complementarity


com·ple·men·tar·i·ty

noun \ˌkäm-plə-(ˌ)men-ˈter-ə-tē, -mən-, -ˈta-rə-\

Definition of COMPLEMENTARITY

1
:  the quality or state of being complementary
2
:  the complementary relationship of theories explaining the nature of light or other quantized radiation in terms of both electromagnetic waves and particles

First Known Use of COMPLEMENTARITY

1911

com·ple·men·tar·i·ty

noun \ˌkäm-plə-(ˌ)men-ˈtar-ət-ē, -mən-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural com·ple·men·tar·i·ties

Medical Definition of COMPLEMENTARITY

: correspondence in reverse of part of one molecule to part of another: as a : the arrangement of chemical groups and electric charges that enables a combining group of an antibody to combine with a specific determinant group of an antigen or hapten b : the correspondence between strands or nucleotides of DNA or sometimes RNA that permits their precise pairing <evolution of the contemporary genetic code involving purine-pyrimidine complementarity—Struther Arnott & P. J. Bond>

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