a relation such that the members of a pair or set of phones, morphs, or other linguistic units have no environment in common, as aspirated “p” and unaspirated “p” in English, the first occurring only in positions where the second does not.
- Complementary gene
noun 1. one of a pair of genes, each from different loci, that together are required for the expression of a certain characteristic
- Complementary hypertrophy
complementary hypertrophy n. Increase in size or expansion of part of an organ or tissue to fill the space left by the destruction of another portion of the same organ or tissue.
- Complementary medicine
noun 1. Also called alternative medicine. the treatment, alleviation, or prevention of disease by such techniques as osteopathy, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and acupuncture, allied with attention to such factors as diet and emotional stability, which can affect a person’s wellbeing See also holism (sense 2) complementary medicine A method of delivering of health care that combines […]
noun, Biochemistry. 1. either of the two chains that make up a double helix of DNA, with corresponding positions on the two chains being composed of a pair of complementary bases. 2. a section of one nucleic acid chain that is bonded to another by a sequence of base pairs.
- Complementary wavelength
noun 1. (physics) the wavelength of monochromatic light that could be mixed in suitable proportions with a given coloured light so as to produce some specified achromatic light