nomenclature

[ noh-muh n-kley-cher, noh-men-kluh-cher, -choo r ]
/ ˈnoʊ mənˌkleɪ tʃər, noʊˈmɛn klə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər /
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noun

a set or system of names or terms, as those used in a particular science or art, by an individual or community, etc.
the names or terms comprising a set or system.

Nearby words

  1. nombles,
  2. nombril,
  3. nome,
  4. nomen,
  5. nomenclator,
  6. nomenklatura,
  7. nomex,
  8. nomial,
  9. nomina,
  10. nominal

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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British Dictionary definitions for nomenclatural

nomenclature

/ (nəʊˈmɛnklətʃə, US ˈnəʊmənˌkleɪtʃər) /

noun

the terminology used in a particular science, art, activity, etc

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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Medicine definitions for nomenclatural

nomenclature

[ nōmən-klā′chər, nō-mĕnklə- ]

n.

A system of names used in a science, as of anatomical structures or biological organisms.

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