Simple Definition of nomenclature
: a system of names for things especially in science
Full Definition of nomenclature
nomenclaturalplay \ˌnō-mən-ˈklāch-rəl, -ˈklā-chə-\ adjective
Examples of nomenclature in a sentence
the nomenclatures of zoology and chemistry
<the nomenclature, “tuxedo,” derives from the fact that the jacket first became popular in the resort area of Tuxedo Park, New York>
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In his 1926 Dictionary of Modern English Usage, grammarian H. W. Fowler asserted that it was wrong to use nomenclature as a synonym for name; he declared that nomenclature could only mean "a system of naming or of names." It is true that nomenclature comes from the Latin nomenclatura, meaning "the assigning of names," but the "name" sense was one of the first to appear in English (it is documented as long ago as 1610), and it has been considered perfectly standard for centuries.
Origin and Etymology of nomenclature
Latin nomenclatura assigning of names, from nomen + calatus, past participle of calare
First Known Use: 1610
Medical Definition of nomenclature
: a system of terms used in a particular science; especially : an international system of standardized New Latin names used in biology for kinds and groups of kinds of animals and plants—see binomial nomenclature
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