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nomenclature

[noh-muh n-kley-cher, noh-men-kluh-cher, -choo r]
noun
  1. a set or system of names or terms, as those used in a particular science or art, by an individual or community, etc.
  2. the names or terms comprising a set or system.
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Origin of nomenclature

First recorded in 1600–10, nomenclature is from the Latin word nōmenclātūra a calling by name, list of names. See nomenclator, -ure
Related formsno·men·cla·tur·al, no·men·cla·to·ri·al [noh-muh n-kluh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌnoʊ mən kləˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, no·men·cla·tive [noh-muh n-kley-tiv] /ˈnoʊ mənˌkleɪ tɪv/, adjective
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Historical Examples of nomenclatural

  • Dr. Thomson, with all his nomenclatural pretensions, has fallen into the same error.

    Quarterly Journal of Science, Literature and the Arts, July-December, 1827

    Various

  • The answer to this problem requires a taxonomic, rather than a nomenclatural, decision.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

  • It is a pity that, in the nature of the case, it could not fill the nomenclatural exigency sufficiently to survive.

    Down the Yellowstone

    Lewis R. Freeman

  • They constitute a partial summary of the nomenclatural history of the typical subspecies.

  • Still "Lovey" is something of a nomenclatural tin can on the tail of one's self respect.


British Dictionary definitions for nomenclatural

nomenclature

noun
  1. the terminology used in a particular science, art, activity, etc
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Word Origin for nomenclature

C17: from Latin nōmenclātūra list of names; see nomenclator
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Word Origin and History for nomenclatural

nomenclature

n.

c.1600, "a name," from Middle French nomenclature (16c.), from Latin nomenclatura "calling of names," from nomenclator "namer," from nomen "name" (see name (n.)) + calator "caller, crier," from calare "call out" (see claim (v.)).

Nomenclator in Rome was the title of a steward whose job was to announce visitors, and also of a prompter who helped a stumping politician recall names and pet causes of his constituents. Meaning "list or catalogue of names" first attested 1630s; that of "system of naming" is from 1660s; sense of "terminology of a science" is from 1789.

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nomenclatural in Medicine

nomenclature

(nōmən-klā′chər, nō-mĕnklə-)
n.
  1. A system of names used in a science, as of anatomical structures or biological organisms.
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