nucleus

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin nucleus (kernel, core), a diminutive of nux (nut).

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nucleus (plural nuclei or nucleuses)

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

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin nūcleus (kernel, core), diminutive of nux (nut).

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Noun[edit]

nucleus m (plural nucleussen or nuclei, diminutive nucleusje n)

  1. nucleus, core

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A diminutive of nux (nut).

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Noun[edit]

nūcleus m (genitive nūclei); second declension

  1. (literally) (small) nut
  2. kernel
  3. (figuratively) core
  4. nucleus

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative nūcleus nūcleī
genitive nūcleī nūcleōrum
dative nūcleō nūcleīs
accusative nūcleum nūcleōs
ablative nūcleō nūcleīs
vocative nūclee nūcleī

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