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Definition of 'nucleus'


  1. a part of the cell containing DNA and RNA and responsible for growth and reproduction
       Synonyms: cell nucleus karyon
  2. the positively charged dense center of an atom
  3. a small group of indispensable persons or things; "five periodicals make up the core of their publishing program"
       Synonyms: core core group
  4. (astronomy) the center of the head of a comet; consists of small solid particles of ice and frozen gas that vaporizes on approaching the sun to form the coma and tail
  5. any histologically identifiable mass of neural cell bodies in the brain or spinal cord

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