Definition of nomenclature
2 : the act or process or an instance of naming <nomenclature … is at its simplest the task of assigning a name to each distinct species — R. I. Smith>
3a : a system or set of terms or symbols especially in a particular science, discipline, or art <the nomenclature of inorganic chemistry>b : an international system of standardized New Latin names used in biology for kinds and groups of kinds of animals and plants
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>
Did You Know?
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 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
NOMENCLATURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nomenclature for English Language Learners
: a system of names for things especially in science
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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