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palindrome

[pal-in-drohm] /ˈpæl ɪnˌdroʊm/
noun
1.
a word, line, verse, number, sentence, etc., reading the same backward as forward, as Madam, I'm Adam or Poor Dan is in a droop.
2.
Biochemistry. a region of DNA in which the sequence of nucleotides is identical with an inverted sequence in the complementary strand:
GAATTC is a palindrome of CTTAAG.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Greek palíndromos recurring, equivalent to pálin again, back + -dromos running (see -drome)
Related forms
palindromist
[puh-lin-droh-mist] /pəˈlɪn droʊ mɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
palindromic
[pal-in-drom-ik, -droh-mik] /ˌpæl ɪnˈdrɒm ɪk, -ˈdroʊ mɪk/ (Show IPA),
palindromical, adjective
palindromically, adverb
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Examples for palindromes
  • palindromes and symmetry have a decided emotional resonance.
  • Identify and use playful language such as puns, jokes, and palindromes.
British Dictionary definitions for palindromes

palindrome

/ˈpælɪnˌdrəʊm/
noun
1.
a word or phrase the letters of which, when taken in reverse order, give the same word or phrase, such as able was I ere I saw Elba
Derived Forms
palindromic (ˌpælɪnˈdrɒmɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Greek palindromos running back again, from palin again + -drome
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Word Origin and History for palindromes
palindrome
"a line that reads the same backward and forward," c.1629, from Gk. palindromos "a recurrence," lit. "a running back," from palin "again, back" (from PIE base *kwel- "move round," with notion of "revolving; see cycle) + dromos "a running."
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palindromes in Medicine

palindrome pal·in·drome (pāl'ĭn-drōm')
n.
A segment of double-stranded DNA in which the nucleotide sequence of one strand reads in reverse order to that of the complementary strand.


pal'in·dro'mic (-drō'mĭk, -drŏm'ĭk) adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for palindromes

palindrome

word, number, sentence, or verse that reads the same backward or forward. The term derives from the Greek palin dromo ("running back again").

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