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[ney-thuh nz]
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  1. Daniel,1928–1999, U.S. biologist: Nobel Prize in medicine 1978.
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[ney-thuh n]
  1. a prophet during the reigns of David and Solomon. II Sam. 12; I Kings 1:34.
  2. George Jean,1882–1958, U.S. drama critic, author, and editor.
  3. Robert,1894–1985, U.S. novelist and poet.
  4. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “gift.”
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  • No indeed,—there are a thousand Nathans all equally accomplished.

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    James Francis Cooke

  • Suddenly one of the ostriches made a vicious peck at Mr. Nathans.

  • Mr. Nathans ever afterwards admired ostriches from a distance.

  • Now was come the moment when Nathans services were required.

  • One of Mr. Nathans sons was suspected, but his innocence was clearly proved.

British Dictionary definitions for nathans


  1. Old Testament a prophet at David's court (II Samuel 7:1–17; 12:1–15)
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Word Origin and History for nathans


masc. proper name, biblical prophet, from Hebrew Nathan, literally "he has given," from verb nathan, related to mattan "gift."

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nathans in Medicine


(nāthənz)Daniel 1928-1999
  1. American microbiologist. He shared a 1978 Nobel Prize for the discovery of restriction enzymes and their application to molecular genetics.
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nathans in Science


  1. American microbiologist who pioneered the use of restriction enzymes-enzymes that break DNA molecules down into manageable fragments-to create the first genetic map on which the location of specific genes on the DNA could be identified. For this work, which revolutionized genetic engineering, Nathans shared the 1978 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with Werner Arber and Hamilton Smith.
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