Origin of nucleateClassical Latin nucleatus, having a kernel, past participle of nucleare, to become like a kernel from nucleus: see nucleus
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
Origin of nucleate< L nucleatus
verbnu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing, nu·cle·ates
- To bring together into a nucleus.
- To act as a nucleus for.
- To provide a nucleus for.
(comparative more nucleate, superlative most nucleate)
- Having a nucleus; nucleated
(third-person singular simple present nucleates, present participle nucleating, simple past and past participle nucleated)
- To form (into) a nucleus, or to act as a nucleus
- Any salt of a nucleic acid.