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[adjective noo-klee-it, -eyt, nyoo-; verb noo-klee-eyt, nyoo-]
  1. having a nucleus.
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verb (used with object), nu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing.
  1. to form (something) into a nucleus.
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verb (used without object), nu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsnu·cle·a·tion [noo-klee-ey-shuh n, nyoo-] /ˌnu kliˈeɪ ʃən, ˌnyu-/, nounnu·cle·a·tor, nounmul·ti·nu·cle·ate, adjectiveun·nu·cle·at·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for nucleated

Historical Examples of nucleated

  • The great majority of the protists have the appearance of real, nucleated cells.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • Protoplasm, simple or nucleated, is the formal basis of all life.

  • The red blood corpuscles of the rabbit, it may be added, are nucleated for a considerable portion of embryonic life.

  • The organized kosmos is the germ, kernel or central, nucleated mass, enduring in a state of becoming.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne

  • In the one case the red blood corpuscles are round, and without a nucleus; in the other they are oval and nucleated.

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British Dictionary definitions for nucleated


adjective (ˈnjuːklɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. having a nucleus
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verb (ˈnjuːklɪˌeɪt) (intr)
  1. to form a nucleus
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Derived Formsnucleation, nounnucleator, noun
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nucleated in Medicine


  1. Having a nucleus or nuclei.
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(nōōklē-āt′, -ĭt)
  1. Nucleated.
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  1. To form into a nucleus.
  2. To serve or act as a nucleus for.
  3. To provide a nucleus for.
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  1. A salt of a nucleic acid.
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