<biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology> The adherence of molecules to one another, for example, enzymes to substrates, antibodies to antigens, DNA strands to their complementary strands.

Binding occurs because the shape and chemical natures of parts of the molecules surfaces are complementary. A common metaphor is the "lock-and-key," used to describe how enzymes fit around their substrate.

(14 Nov 1997)

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