mono·​nu·​cle·​ar | \ ˌmä-nə-ˈnü-klē-ər How to pronounce mononuclear (audio) , -ˈnyü-, nonstandard -kyə-lər How to pronounce mononuclear (audio) \

Definition of mononuclear

: having only one nucleus a mononuclear cell

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mononuclear noun

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Recent Examples on the Web To deliver the therapy, clinicians draw a group of cells called bone marrow mononuclear cells from patients’ hips. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "In a bid to promote stem cell therapies, health officials open a new door for promising contenders," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mononuclear

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mononuclear was in 1886

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“Mononuclear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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mono·​nu·​cle·​ar | \ ˌmän-ō-ˈn(y)ü-klē-ər How to pronounce mononuclear (audio) \

Medical Definition of mononuclear

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having only one nucleus a mononuclear cell



Medical Definition of mononuclear (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mononuclear cell especially : monocyte

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