nucleate

verb
nu·cle·ate | \ˈnü-klē-ˌāt, ˈnyü-\
nucleated; nucleating

Definition of nucleate 

transitive verb

1 : to form into a nucleus : cluster

2 : to act as a nucleus for

3 : to supply nuclei to

intransitive verb

1 : to form a nucleus

2 : to act as a nucleus

3 : to begin to form

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Other Words from nucleate

nucleation \ˌnü-klē-ˈā-shən, ˌnyü- \ noun
nucleator \ˈnü-klē-ˌā-tər, ˈnyü- \ noun

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At the Plate The study of these zinc oxide plates and how the plates nucleate and grow as secondary structures on zinc oxide surfaces contributes toward America’s goal of a clean, abundant and secure energy future. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eye," 28 Feb. 2017 Ozone forms from nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons through atmospheric chemical reactions that speed up with heat, while particulates nucleate around liquid droplets and can penetrate deeply into the lungs. Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Be Hazardous to Your Health," 19 Nov. 2014 At the Plate The study of these zinc oxide plates and how the plates nucleate and grow as secondary structures on zinc oxide surfaces contributes toward America’s goal of a clean, abundant and secure energy future. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eye," 28 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of nucleate

1856, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for nucleate

Late Latin nucleatus, past participle of nucleare to become stony, from Latin nucleus

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nucleate

verb
nu·cle·ate | \ˈn(y)ü-klē-ˌāt \
nucleated; nucleating

Medical Definition of nucleate 

transitive verb

1 : to form into a nucleus

2 : to act as a nucleus for

3 : to supply nuclei to

intransitive verb

1 : to form a nucleus

2 : to act as a nucleus

3 : to begin to form

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