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nucleate

[ adjective noo-klee-it, -eyt, nyoo-; verb noo-klee-eyt, nyoo- ]
/ adjective ˈnu kli ɪt, -ˌeɪt, ˈnyu-; verb ˈnu kliˌeɪt, ˈnyu- /
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adjective

having a nucleus.

verb (used with object), nu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing.

to form (something) into a nucleus.

verb (used without object), nu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing.

to form a nucleus.

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Origin of nucleate

First recorded in 1860–65, nucleate is from the Latin word nucleātus having a kernel or stone. See nucleus, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM nucleate

nu·cle·a·tion [noo-klee-ey-shuhn, nyoo-], /ˌnu kliˈeɪ ʃən, ˌnyu-/, nounnu·cle·a·tor, nounmul·ti·nu·cle·ate, adjectiveun·nu·cle·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nucleate

nucleate

adjective (ˈnjuːklɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

having a nucleus

verb (ˈnjuːklɪˌeɪt) (intr)

to form a nucleus

Derived forms of nucleate

nucleation, nounnucleator, noun
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Medical definitions for nucleate

nucleate
[ nōōklē-āt′, -ĭt ]

adj.

Nucleated.

v.

To form into a nucleus.
To serve or act as a nucleus for.
To provide a nucleus for.

n.

A salt of a nucleic acid.
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