Nucleus vs Nucleiform - What's the difference?

nucleus | nucleiform |


As a noun nucleus

is the core, central part (of something), round which others are assembled.

As an adjective nucleiform is

formed like a nucleus or kernel.

nucleus

Noun

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

    * nucle- * nuclear * nuclease * nucleate, anucleate * nucleic acid * nuclein * nucleo- * nucleolar * nucleon * nucleotide * nuclide * atomic nucleus * cell nucleus * syllable nucleus, the central part of a syllable * sentence nucleus, the syllable which receives the greatest stress in a word

    nucleiform

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Formed like a nucleus or kernel.
  • (Webster 1913)