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definition of the word nucleus

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From Latin nucleus (kernel) derived from nux (nut).


nuclei or nucleuses

nucleus (plural nuclei or nucleuses)

  1. (chemistry, physics) The massive, positively charged central part of an atom made up of protons and neutrons.
  2. (cytology) A large organelle found in cells which contains genetic material.
  3. The central part (of something), round which others are collected.
  4. An initial part that will receive additions.
    This collection will form the nucleus of a new library.
  5. (neuroanatomy) A cluster of many neuronal bodies where synapsing occurs.

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