[adjective noo-klee-it, -eyt, nyoo-; verb noo-klee-eyt, nyoo-]
verb (used with object), nu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing.
  1. to form (something) into a nucleus.
verb (used without object), nu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing.
  1. to form a nucleus.

Origin of nucleate

First recorded in 1860–65, nucleate is from the Latin word nucleātus having a kernel or stone. See nucleus, -ate1
Related formsnu·cle·a·tion [noo-klee-ey-shuh n, nyoo-] /ˌnu kliˈeɪ ʃən, ˌnyu-/, nounnu·cle·a·tor, nounmul·ti·nu·cle·ate, adjectiveun·nu·cle·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for multinucleate


adjective (ˈnjuːklɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. having a nucleus
verb (ˈnjuːklɪˌeɪt) (intr)
  1. to form a nucleus
Derived Formsnucleation, nounnucleator, noun
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multinucleate in Medicine


[mŭl′tē-nōōklē-ət, -tī-]
  1. Having two or more nuclei.


[nōōklē-āt′, -ĭt]
  1. Nucleated.
  1. To form into a nucleus.
  2. To serve or act as a nucleus for.
  3. To provide a nucleus for.
  1. A salt of a nucleic acid.
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