Definition of polynuclear in English:

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polynuclear

Pronunciation: /ˌpälēˈn(y)o͞oklēər/

adjective

Chemistry
1(Of a complex) containing more than one metal atom.
Example sentences
  • This method comprises depositing a polynuclear complex comprising a plurality of organic polydentate ligands and a plurality of noble metal atoms on an oxide support, and then removing the organic polydentate ligands.
  • The CO ligand can add to the polynuclear complex in three different ways.
1.1(Of a compound) polycyclic.
Example sentences
  • The residues were redissolved in DMSO for analysis of polynuclear aromatic compounds and for the mutagenicity test.
  • The earliest substances identified, in 1953, were benzo pyrene, and other polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, which were known to produce tumours in animal experiments.
  • Poisons left behind under and around Midway Village include benzene, lead, and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, a class of compounds that includes many known carcinogens.

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Syllabification: pol·y·nu·cle·ar

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