[adjective noo-klee-it, -eyt, nyoo-; verb noo-klee-eyt, nyoo-]
- having a nucleus.
- to form (something) into a nucleus.
- to form a nucleus.
Origin of nucleate
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- having a nucleus
- to form a nucleus
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Word Origin and History for nucleation
1861, noun of action from nucleate (v.), from Latin nucleatus, past participle of nucleare, from nucleus (see nucleus).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The beginning of chemical or physical changes at discrete points in a system, such as the formation of crystals in a liquid.
- The formation of cell nuclei.
- To form into a nucleus.
- To serve or act as a nucleus for.
- To provide a nucleus for.
- A salt of a nucleic acid.
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