nucleate

nucleation /nooh'klee ay"sheuhn, nyooh'-/, n.nucleator, n.
adj. /nooh"klee it, -ayt', nyooh"-/; v. /nooh"klee ayt', nyooh"-/, adj., v., nucleated, nucleating.
adj.
1. having a nucleus.
v.t.
2. to form (something) into a nucleus.
v.i.
3. to form a nucleus.
[1860-65; < L nucleatus having a kernel or stone. See NUCLEUS, -ATE1]

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