Definition of nucleate
nucleationplay \ˌnü-klē-ˈā-shən, ˌnyü-\ noun
nucleatorplay \ˈnü-klē-ˌā-tər, ˈnyü-\ noun
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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.
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Origin and Etymology of nucleate
Late Latin nucleatus, past participle of nucleare to become stony, from Latin nucleus
First Known Use: 1856
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