def: "A double-helical region of nucleic acid formed by base-pairing between adjacent (inverted) complementary sequences." 
synonym: "RNA_hairpin_loop" EXACT 
synonym: "stem loop" EXACT 
synonym: "stem-loop" EXACT 
xref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stem_loop "wiki"
is_a: SO:0000122 ! RNA_sequence_secondary_structure
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