(Molecular biology) Of two strands of DNA or RNA; being able to bind to one another by sequence-specific interactions between nucleotides.

(This writeup is still under construction - I'm looking for a more coherent definition, but this one will serve for the moment as a vaguely useful explanatory hardlink from several other writeups. It will be updated within a few days.)

Com`ple*men"ta"ry (?), a.

Serving to fill out or to complete; as, complementary numbers.

Complementary colors. See under Color. -- Complementary angles Math., two angles whose sum is 90°.


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Com`ple*men"ta*ry, n. [See Complimentary.]

One skilled in compliments.


B. Jonson.


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