Meaning of 'nucleus' (Webster Dictionary)
- A kernel; hence, a central mass or point about which
matter is gathered, or to which accretion is made; the central or
material portion; -- used both literally and figuratively.
- The body or the head of a comet.
- An incipient ovule of soft cellular tissue.
- A whole seed, as contained within the seed coats.
- A body, usually spheroidal, in a cell or a protozoan,
distinguished from the surrounding protoplasm by a difference in
refrangibility and in behavior towards chemical reagents. It is more or
less protoplasmic, and consists of a clear fluid (achromatin) through
which extends a network of fibers (chromatin) in which may be suspended
a second rounded body, the nucleolus (see Nucleoplasm). See Cell
division, under Division.
- The tip, or earliest part, of a univalve or bivalve shell.
- The central part around which additional growths are
added, as of an operculum.
- A visceral mass, containing the stomach and other organs,
in Tunicata and some mollusks.