follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

polynuclear

[pol-ee-noo-klee-er, -nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-ler] /ˌpɒl iˈnu kli ər, -ˈnyu- or, by metathesis, -kyə lər/
adjective
1.
having many nuclei.
Also, polynucleate
[pol-ee-noo-klee-it, -eyt, -nyoo-] /ˌpɒl iˈnu kli ɪt, -ˌeɪt, -ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of polynuclear
1875-1880
1875-80; poly- + nuclear
Pronunciation note
See nuclear.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for polynuclear
Historical Examples
  • In contradistinction to the polynuclear neutrophil elements, these mononuclear forms shew no amœboid movement on the warm stage.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • The number of polynuclear leucocytes in the blood of the healthy adult amounts to about 70-72%, of the total white corpuscles.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • The diminution is chiefly at the expense of the polynuclear cells.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • In triacid preparations the granulation is unstained, and the mast cells appear as clear, polynuclear cells, free from granules.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • We cannot regard the perinuclear green granules, described by Neusser in the polynuclear cells, as pre-existing.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • Here also the same process of ripening can be seen in the polynuclear eosinophil leucocytes.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • This elimination of the granules is probably one of the most important functions of the polynuclear leucocytes.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • polynuclear neutrophil leucocytosis, is the most frequent of all forms of active leucocytoses.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • These polynuclear cells possess above all other elements the power of emigration.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • By eosinophilia we understand an increase only of the polynuclear eosinophil cells in the blood.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
British Dictionary definitions for polynuclear

polynuclear

/ˌpɒlɪˈnjuːklɪə/
adjective
1.
having many nuclei; multinuclear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
polynuclear in Medicine

polynuclear pol·y·nu·cle·ar (pŏl'ē-nōō'klē-ər, -nyōō'-) or pol·y·nu·cle·ate (-klē-ĭt) or pol·y·nu·cle·at·ed (-klē-ā'tĭd)
adj.
Multinuclear.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for polynuclear

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for polynuclear

0
23
Scrabble Words With Friends