- 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)
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Historical Examples of palindromic
The English language, however, is not susceptible of any great amount of palindromic compositions.
- 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
Word Origin for palindrome
C17: from Greek palindromos running back again, from palin again + -drome
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Word Origin and History for palindromic
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- Relapsing; recurring.
- A segment of double-stranded DNA in which the nucleotide sequence of one strand reads in reverse order to that of the complementary strand.
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