complementary
adjective Date: 1829 1. relating to or constituting one of a pair of contrasting colors that produce a neutral color when combined in suitable proportions 2. serving to fill out or complete 3. mutually supplying each other's lack 4. being complements of each other <
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5. characterized by the capacity for precise pairing of purine and pyrimidine bases between strands of DNA and sometimes RNA such that the structure of one strand determines the other • complementarily adverbcomplementariness nouncomplementary noun

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