polymorphonuclear

[pol-ee-mawr-fuh-noo-klee-er, -nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-ler]

Origin of polymorphonuclear

First recorded in 1895–1900; poly- + morpho- + nuclear

Pronunciation note

See nuclear.
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British Dictionary definitions for polymorphonuclear

polymorphonuclear

adjective
  1. (of a leucocyte) having a lobed or segmented nucleusSee also polymorph (def. 3)
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polymorphonuclear in Medicine

polymorphonuclear

[pŏl′ē-môr′fə-nōōklē-ər]
adj.
  1. Having a lobed nucleus. Used especially of neutrophilic white blood cells.
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