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Yin and Yang

(Philosophy) two complementary principles of Chinese philosophy: Yin is negative, dark, and feminine, Yang positive, bright, and masculine. Their interaction is thought to maintain the harmony of the universe and to influence everything within it
[from Chinese (Peking) yin dark + yang bright]
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yin′ and yang′

(in Chinese philosophy and religion) two principles, one negative, dark, and feminine (yin), and one positive, bright, and masculine (yang), whose interaction influences the destinies of creatures and things.
[1930–35; < Chinese yīn-yáng]
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Although in a way yang is to yin as yes is to no, it is nevertheless a thin simplification to reduce yang and yin to yes and no, or one and zero.
Health is achieved through a balance of Yang and Yin, while Ying deficiency implies a diminishing material level in the physiological functioning of the body.
The rat uniquely combines the attributes of the yang and yin. It does not have the same number of claws on its front and rear legs.