Definition of nucleate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞oklēāt/
Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞oklēət/
chiefly Biology
Having a nucleus.
Example sentences
  • Accommodation, attached to a nucleate service core, reverses the usual convention, so that private quarters are underneath dining and living rooms.


Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞oklēˌāt/
[no object] (usually as adjective nucleated)
1Form a nucleus.
Example sentences
  • Flourishing in the cytoplasm of nearly all nucleated cells, mitochondria are specialized organelles, with their own DNA.
  • The more complicated nucleated cell appeared about 1.2 billion years ago.
  • In the Diff-Quik-stained smear, it became apparent that the cellular fragments were indeed anucleate when compared with nearby nucleated respiratory epithelial cells.
1.1Form around a central area: a nucleated village
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  • The impact of underpopulation and the dispersed location of communities becomes clear when one travels through the countryside for miles and finds clusters of small villages nucleated around small towns.
  • The flexible annual subsistence round of earlier centuries was broken, and within decades, incipient tribes would abandon the Driftless Area and nucleate at agricultural centers at Red Wing and Apple River as the Oneota.
  • The landscape is treeless and mountainous, deeply cut with fjords and sounds along whose shores nucleated villages lie surrounded by fields and pastures.



Pronunciation: /ˌn(y)o͞oklēˈāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The first step caused homogenous nucleation, while the second grew crystallites.
  • The close association of actin bundles with the intracellular virions suggests that nucleation and filamentation of actin may be virus induced.
  • Furthermore, nucleation of fibrils on apparently irregular cores has also been observed.

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Syllabification: nu·cle·ate

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