nucleate

[adj. noo-klee-it, -eyt, nyoo-; v. noo-klee-eyt, nyoo-]
adjective
1.
having a nucleus.
verb (used with object), nucleated, nucleating.
2.
to form (something) into a nucleus.
verb (used without object), nucleated, nucleating.
3.
to form a nucleus.

Origin:
1860–65; < Latin nucleātus having a kernel or stone. See nucleus, -ate1

nucleation [noo-klee-ey-shuhn, nyoo-] , noun
nucleator, noun
multinucleate, adjective
unnucleated, adjective
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nucleate
 
adj
1.  having a nucleus
 
vb
2.  to form a nucleus
 
nucle'ation
 
n
 
'nucleator
 
n

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nucleate nu·cle·ate (nōō'klē-āt', -ĭt, nyōō'-)
adj.
Nucleated. v. nu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing, nu·cle·ates (-āt')

  1. To form into a nucleus.

  2. To serve or act as a nucleus for.

  3. To provide a nucleus for.

n.
A salt of a nucleic acid.

nucleation nu·cle·a·tion (nōō'klē-ā'shən, nyōō'-)
n.

  1. The beginning of chemical or physical changes at discrete points in a system, such as the formation of crystals in a liquid.

  2. The formation of cell nuclei.

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nucleation

the initial process that occurs in the formation of a crystal from a solution, a liquid, or a vapour, in which a small number of ions, atoms, or molecules become arranged in a pattern characteristic of a crystalline solid, forming a site upon which additional particles are deposited as the crystal grows.

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Example sentences for nucleation
Suspended particles or minute bubbles also provide nucleation sites.
More often nucleation occurs on the heating surface, at nucleation sites.
Nucleation is a key concept in polymer, alloy, and ceramic systems.
This trimer then adds additional molecules and forms a nucleation site.
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