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nucleate

[adj. noo-klee-it, -eyt, nyoo-; v. noo-klee-eyt, nyoo-] /adj. ˈnu kli ɪt, -ˌeɪt, ˈnyu-; v. ˈnu kliˌeɪt, ˈnyu-/
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 of nucleate
1860-1865
1860-65; < Latin nucleātus having a kernel or stone. See nucleus, -ate1
Related forms
nucleation
[noo-klee-ey-shuh n, nyoo-] /ˌnu kliˈeɪ ʃən, ˌnyu-/ (Show IPA),
noun
nucleator, noun
multinucleate, adjective
unnucleated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nucleation

nucleate

adjective (ˈnjuːklɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
1.
having a nucleus
verb (intransitive) (ˈnjuːklɪˌeɪt)
2.
to form a nucleus
Derived Forms
nucleation, noun
nucleator, noun
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Word Origin and History for nucleation
n.

1861, noun of action from nucleate (v.), from Latin nucleatus, past participle of nucleare, from nucleus (see nucleus).

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nucleation in Medicine

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.

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.
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