nucleation

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nucleation

[‚nü·klē′ā·shən]
(chemistry)
In crystallization processes, the formation of new crystal nuclei in supersaturated solutions.
(physical chemistry)
The formation of vapor bubbles in a superheated liquid.
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One may observe a spherical particle of fly ash and a nucleation point on the surface.
Such a ramp has been postulated to be a nucleation point for massive earthquakes in the Himalaya.
It is not possible to distinguish the nucleation point or the boundaries of a particulate crystal.