[ 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.

Origin of palindrome

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


pa·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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for palindromic

/ (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 forms of palindrome

palindromic (ˌpælɪnˈdrɒmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for palindrome

C17: from Greek palindromos running back again, from palin again + -drome
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Medical definitions for palindromic (1 of 2)

[ păl′ĭn-drōmĭk, -drŏmĭk ]


Relapsing; recurring.

Medical definitions for palindromic (2 of 2)

[ 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.

Other words from palindrome

pal′in•dromic (-drōmĭk, -drŏmĭk) adj.
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