multinuclear

adjective

mul·​ti·​nu·​cle·​ar ˌməl-tē-ˈnü-klē-ər How to pronounce multinuclear (audio)
-ˌtī-,
-ˈnyü-,
 nonstandard  -kyə-lər
1
: multinucleated
especially : having or involving more than two atomic nuclei
… we had two NMR spectrometers available for a large number of students to use for their research. One was set up for multinuclear spectra … Sheri Blystone
2
: having multiple world powers armed with nuclear weapons
It was the frightening prospect of a multinuclear world as much as the older Arab-Israeli confrontation that propelled American policy on the Middle East.William Hyland

Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of multinuclear was in 1853

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“Multinuclear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multinuclear. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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