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mononuclear

[mon-uh-noo-klee-er, -nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-ler] /ˌmɒn əˈnu kli ər, -ˈnyu- or, by metathesis, -kyə lər/
adjective
1.
Also, mononucleate. Cell Biology. having only one nucleus.
2.
Chemistry. (of hydrocarbons) monocyclic.
Origin of mononuclear
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90; mono- + nuclear
Pronunciation note
See nuclear.
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Examples from the Web for mononuclear
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  • It is especially important that the mononuclear and the leucocytes associated with them, undergo no increase.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • 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 bone-marrow forms which are free from granules consist mostly of mononuclear cells of different type.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • The mononuclear and transitional forms of the neutrophil group, do not under normal circumstances pass over into the blood-stream.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • We begin with the discussion of the mononuclear neutrophil cells, Ehrlich's "myelocytes."

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • Zappert expressly mentions that these mononuclear cells were in no way similar to the lymphocytes in general appearance.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • It is indeed supported by a further observation of Jolly on the mononuclear eosinophil cells of the marrow.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • In our cases the mononuclear cells have averaged 66 per cent., which is somewhat high even for infants.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
British Dictionary definitions for mononuclear

mononuclear

/ˌmɒnəʊˈnjuːklɪə/
adjective
1.
(of a cell) having only one nucleus
2.
another word for monocyclic (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for mononuclear
adj.

1886; see mono- + nuclear.

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mononuclear in Medicine

mononuclear mon·o·nu·cle·ar (mŏn'ō-nōō'klē-ər, -nyōō'-)
adj.
Having only one nucleus.

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