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(kŏm′plə-mĕn′tə-rē, -trē)
1. Of or relating to complementary medicine.
2. Genetics Of or relating to a group of genes that act in concert to produce a specific phenotype.
3. Biochemistry Of or relating to the specific pairing of the purines and pyrimidines between strands of a DNA or an RNA molecule.

com′ple·men′ta·ri·ly (-tə-rə-lē, -trə-lē, -mĕn-târ′ə-lē) adv.
com′ple·men′ta·ri·ness n.
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Of a NUCLEOTIDE or nucleotide sequence the base, or bases, of which can link to one or more other bases to form a BASE PAIR or a sequence of base pairs.
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Something that serves to fill out or complete something else.
Mentioned in: Kinesiology, Applied
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* Registered complementary medicines may use any complementary medicine ingredient, provided it is not in Schedules 4, 8, or 9 of the Poisons Standard.
The use of complementary medicine (Johnson definition) (CM) was associated with increased risk of death when the data was analyzed in total, but if the data was categorized by which patients refused conventional treatment, the associations disappear: "CM (vs no CM) no longer had a statistically significant association with the risk of death (HR, 1.39; 95% Cl, 0.83-2.33)."
If a non-mainstream practice is used together with conventional medicine, it's considered 'complementary.' If a non-mainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine, it's considered 'alternative.'
Perhaps publication of the agenda for EBP in T&CM will be enough to prompt traditional and complementary medicine practitioners to take note and become catalysts of change.
Introduction: Insurance reimbursement for clinical services provided by complementary healthcare professionals in the United States likely differs by provider specialty.
The amended Regulations defined complementary medicines as any substance or mixture of substance that (i) originates from plants, minerals or animals; (ii) is used or intended to be used for, or manufactured or sold for use in assisting the innate healing power of a human being or animal to mitigate, modify, alleviate or prevent illness or the symptoms thereof or abnormal physical or mental state; and (iii) is used in accordance with the practice of the professions regulated under the Allied Health Professions Act, 1982 (Act No.
How much did Americans spend on different types of complementary approaches?
Complementary therapies are not usually taught in basic nursing programs, are not specific to any one discipline and are often offered by individuals who are not health care professionals.
"With so many Americans using and spending money on complementary health approaches, it is extremely important for us to provide the public with evidence-based information to help inform decisions," said Josephine Briggs, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, in a news release.
The use of complementary and TM has increased significantly throughout the world over the past several decades.
In the list, 'exclusive breast feeding up to six months' was ranked number one, while complementary feeding beyond six months of age was ranked at number three.
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