complementary complementary  /ˌkɑm plə ˈmɛn tri/


  1. (n) either one of two chromatic colors that when mixed together give white (in the case of lights) or grey (in the case of pigments)
  2. (adj) of words or propositions so related that each is the negation of the other
  3. (adj) acting as or providing a complement (something that completes the whole)



  1. Searches are automatically limited to journals in the complementary and alternative medicine field.
  2. But now a growing number of hospitals are offering patients alternative or complementary therapies, combined with traditional medicine.
  3. The fact is that Americans are using complementary and alternative therapies.


  1. Supreme Court reaches compromise on breast cancer gene patent

    Critics of human gene patents claimed victory Thursday when the Supreme Court ruled that human genes found in nature—or isolated DNA—cannot be patented. The court also ruled that synthetic forms of DNA—complementary DNA, or cDNA—are patent eligible. The case of Association for Molecular Pathology vs. Myriad Genetics was brought by the ACLU and the Public [...]
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Lookout via Yahoo! News

  2. Myriad Genetics confirms Supreme Court upholds cDNA patent claims

    Myriad Genetics said the Supreme Court of the United States upheld its patent claims on complementary DNA, or cDNA. However, the Court ruled that five of Myriad's claims covering isolated DNA were not ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Nvidia hopes Shield eventually overtakes Xbox, PS4

    Nvidia’s Shield is complementary to gaming consoles for now, but the company hopes that wide adoption of Android gaming ultimately could make the US$349 handheld an alternative to Xbox and PlayStation. The Android gaming handheld has a 5-inch flip-up screen and a built-in controller with a range of buttons. Shield will ship this month and is just $50 cheaper than Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: PC World


  1. "This deal creates strong operational synergies between the two market leaders, offers more opportunities for sellers and enhances our ability to serve complementary consumer segments," said John Donahoe, eBay's president and chief executive...
    on Apr 15, 2009 By: John Donahoe Source: CNET News

  2. "We felt we would be able to find a complementary outfielder on the market easier than we would find a valuable member of the bullpen," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said.
    on Nov 20, 2008 By: Theo Epstein Source: Hartford Courant

  3. Stevens said he was convinced that until a recent change by the FDA, the agency "traditionally regarded state law as a complementary form of drug regulation" because it monitors 11,000 drugs.
    on Mar 4, 2009 By: John Paul Stevens Source: USA Today

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