complementarity

noun com·ple·men·tar·i·ty \ 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

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First Known Use of complementarity

1911


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complementarity

noun com·ple·men·tar·i·ty \ ˌkäm-plə-(ˌ)men-ˈtar-ət-ē, -mən- \

medical Definition of complementarity

plural complementarities
: 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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