nomenclature

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noun no·men·cla·ture \ˈnō-mən-ˌklā-chər also nō-ˈmen-klə-ˌchu̇r, -ˈmeŋ-, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Definition of nomenclature

  1. 1 :  name, designation … the changing nomenclature of her streets is even more baffling … — Cornelia O. Skinner

  2. 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

  3. 3a :  a system or set of terms or symbols especially in a particular science, discipline, or art the nomenclature of inorganic chemistryb :  an international system of standardized New Latin names used in biology for kinds and groups of kinds of animals and plants

nomenclatural

play \ˌnō-mən-ˈklāch-rəl, -ˈklā-chə-\ adjective

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Examples of nomenclature in a Sentence

  1. the nomenclatures of zoology and chemistry

  2. 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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Are nomenclature and Name Synonymous?

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

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NOMENCLATURE Defined for English Language Learners

nomenclature

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Definition of nomenclature for English Language Learners

  • : a system of names for things especially in science


Medical Dictionary

nomenclature

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noun no·men·cla·ture \ˈnō-mən-ˌklā-chər also nō-ˈmen-klə-ˌchu̇(ə)r, -ˈmeŋ-, -klə-chər, -klə-ˌt(y)u̇(ə)r\

Medical Definition of nomenclature

  1. :  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

nomenclatural

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nomenclaturally

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