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

  1. having many nuclei.

Origin of polynuclear

First recorded in 1875–80; poly- + nuclear
  • Also pol·y·nu·cle·ate [pol-ee-noo-klee-it, -eyt, -nyoo-]. /ˌpɒl iˈnu kli ɪt, -ˌeɪt, -ˈnyu-/.

pronunciation note For polynuclear

See nuclear.

Words Nearby polynuclear

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How to use polynuclear in a sentence

  • In this digestion leucocytosis the increase is chiefly in the polynuclear neutrophile leucocytes.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The number of polynuclear leucocytes in the blood of the healthy adult amounts to about 70-72%, of the total white corpuscles.

    Histology of the Blood | Paul Ehrlich
  • We cannot regard the perinuclear green granules, described by Neusser in the polynuclear cells, as pre-existing.

    Histology of the Blood | Paul Ehrlich
  • In triacid preparations the granulation is unstained, and the mast cells appear as clear, polynuclear cells, free from granules.

    Histology of the Blood | Paul Ehrlich
  • In contradistinction to the polynuclear neutrophil elements, these mononuclear forms shew no amœboid movement on the warm stage.

    Histology of the Blood | Paul Ehrlich

British Dictionary definitions for polynuclear



/ (ˌpɒlɪˈnjuːklɪə) /

  1. having many nuclei; multinuclear

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