[ pal-in-drohm ]
/ ˈpæl ɪnˌdroʊm /


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.
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.

Nearby words

  1. palilalia,
  2. palilogy,
  3. palimony,
  4. palimpsest,
  5. palimscope,
  6. palindromia,
  7. palindromic,
  8. paling,
  9. palingenesis,
  10. palingenesist

Origin of palindrome

1620–30; < Greek palíndromos recurring, equivalent to pálin again, back + -dromos running (see -drome)

Related formspa·lin·dro·mist [puh-lin-droh-mist] /pəˈlɪn droʊ mɪst/, nounpal·in·drom·ic [pal-in-drom-ik, -droh-mik] /ˌpæl ɪnˈdrɒm ɪk, -ˈdroʊ mɪk/, pal·in·drom·i·cal, adjectivepal·in·drom·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for palindrome


/ (ˈpælɪnˌdrəʊm) /


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 Formspalindromic (ˌpælɪnˈdrɒmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for palindrome

C17: from Greek palindromos running back again, from palin again + -drome

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Word Origin and History for palindrome



"line that reads the same backward and forward," 1620s, from Greek palindromos "a recurrence," literally "a running back," from palin "again, back" (from PIE root *kwel- "move round," with notion of "revolving; see cycle (n.)) + dromos "a running" (see dromedary). Related: Palindromic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for palindrome


[ pălĭn-drōm′ ]


A segment of double-stranded DNA in which the nucleotide sequence of one strand reads in reverse order to that of the complementary strand.
Related formspal′in•dromic (-drōmĭk, -drŏmĭk) adj.

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