complementarity


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to complementarity: Complementarity principle, Complementarity determining region

com·ple·men·tar·i·ty

(kom'plĕ-men-tār'i-tē),
1. The degree of base-pairing (A opposite U or T, G opposite C) between two sequences of DNA and/or RNA molecules.
2. The degree of affinity, or fit, between antigen- and antibody-combining sites.
3. The degree of affinity, or fit, between an enzyme and a substrate.

com·ple·men·tar·i·ty

(kom'plĕ-men-tar'i-tē)
1. The degree of base-pairing between two sequences of DNA and/or RNA molecules.
2. The degree of affinity, or fit, of antigen and antibody combining sites.

complementarity (kamˑ·pl·men·tarˑ··tē),

n a concept in quantum physics, proposed by Neils Bohr, in which total information about a subject or system cannot be obtained because the information is located in at least two complementary qualities. Measuring one quality precludes measurement of the other.

complementarity

the relationship between bases in the DNA double helix whereby every base on one strand is matched to a complementary hydrogen bonding base on the other strand.

complementarity-determining region (CDR)
restricted regions within the variable regions of antibodies that bind to antigenic determinants.
References in periodicals archive ?
Complementarity is also used by the hierarchy to defend its opposition to women's ordination.
Complementarity is one of the cornerstones of the International Criminal Court.
Arab complementarity does not mean living in isolation or shutting ourselves off from the world.
For example, Becker and Peters (2000) and Beneito (2006) apply firms' patent applications to study the complementarity between inner R&D and cooperative R&D, and between inner R&D and contract R&D, respectively.
8) Part of the reasoning behind adopting a complementarity approach with the ICC was to balance a concern for state sovereignty with the creation of an international authority by giving states the first option to prosecute cases.
However, when complementarity is present, bidders in separate auctions find themselves facing a so called exposure risk (Ausubel et al.
The issue dwells with some of the fundamental, unresolved legal questions that define the relationship between national and international justice under the complementarity regime and is likely to have a long-standing effect on future decisions of the court.
The Sovereign called for "adopting new mechanisms commensurate with the challenges we are facing" by laying special emphasis "on the need for Arab financial institutions to encourage Arab projects which promote regional integration and help us accomplish our cherished goal of Arab economic complementarity.
This distinction between primacy and complementarity may seem like a technical issue with little practical difference.
This does not seem to me to be due to a philosophical principle of complementarity, but to the distinction between necessary and sufficient conditions in the solution of a problem.
However even a non-destructive solution for detection implying entanglement with other quantum systems has a radical effect of the same nature: the complementarity principle is still valid.
The Complementary Nature of Reality suggests that complementarity is a central organizing principle of nature itself, and therein lies a model of nature's principle interacting mechanisms.