adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1908 chemically polycyclic especially with respect to the benzene ring — used chiefly of aromatic hydrocarbons that are important as pollutants and possibly as carcinogens

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  • Polynuclear — Pol y*nu cle*ar, a. [Poly + nuclear.] (Biol.) Containing many nuclei. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Polynuclear — and multinuclear (having many nuclei or centres) are names in haematology sometimes given to neutrophil and eosinophil and basophil white blood cells. Examples of multinuclear cells include cardiomyocytes and skeletal muscle cells. This anatomy… …   Wikipedia

  • polynuclear — [päl΄i no͞o′klēit, päl΄i nyo͞o′klēitpäl΄i no͞o′klē ər, päl΄inyo͞o′klē ər] adj. [ POLY + NUCLEAR] having many nuclei: also polynucleate [päl΄i no͞o′klēit, päl΄i nyo͞o′klēit] …   English World dictionary

  • polynuclear — /pol ee nooh klee euhr, nyooh / or, by metathesis, / kyeuh leuhr/, adj. having many nuclei. Also, polynucleate /pol ee nooh klee it, ayt , nyooh /. [1875 80; POLY + NUCLEAR] Pronunciation. See nuclear. * * * …   Universalium

  • polynuclear — adjective a) having multiple nuclei b) polycyclic …   Wiktionary

  • polynuclear — poly·nu·cle·ar .päl i n(y)ü klē ər adj chemically polycyclic esp. with respect to the benzene ring * * * poly·nu·cle·ar (pol″e nooґkle ər) 1. of cells, pertaining to or having several nuclei; multinucleated. Cf. polymorphonuclear. 2.… …   Medical dictionary

  • polynuclear — adj. having many nuclei …   English contemporary dictionary

  • polynuclear — adjective Chemistry (of a cell) having several nuclei …   English new terms dictionary

  • polynuclear — poly·nuclear …   English syllables

  • polynuclear — pol•y•nu•cle•ar [[t]ˌpɒl iˈnu kli ər, ˈnyu [/t]] by metathesis [[t] kyə lər[/t]] also pol•y•nu•cle•ate [[t] ɪt, ˌeɪt[/t]] adj. cbl having many nuclei • Etymology: 1875–80 pron: See nuclear …   From formal English to slang

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