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nomenclature

[noh-muh n-kley-cher, noh-men-kluh-cher, -choo r]
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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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  • The nomenclature of Hegel has been made by himself out of the language of common life.

    Sophist

    Plato

  • "It was more a change of nomenclature," replied his dragoman.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • But I do not choose to assume this identity in my nomenclature.

  • Let us now compare the nomenclature of the pre-Persian and Periclean temples.

  • Its efforts at "national" nomenclature were fortunately in most cases abortive.

    The Story of Rouen

    Sir Theodore Andrea Cook


British Dictionary definitions for nomenclature

nomenclature

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

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