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im·preg·nate

 (ĭm-prĕg′nāt)
tr.v. im·preg·nat·ed, im·preg·nat·ing, im·preg·nates
1. To make pregnant; inseminate.
2. To fertilize (an ovum, for example).
3. To fill throughout; saturate: a cotton wad that was impregnated with ether.
4. To permeate or imbue: impregnate a speech with optimism.
adj. (also -nĭt)
Saturated or filled.

[Probably from Late Latin impraegnātus, pregnant : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin praegnātus, variant of praegnās, pregnant; see pregnant1.]

im′preg·na′tion n.
im·preg′na′tor n.
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Noun1.impregnation - material with which something is impregnated; "the impregnation, whatever it was, had turned the rock blue"
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
2.impregnation - the process of totally saturating something with a substance; "the impregnation of wood with preservative"; "the saturation of cotton with ether"
permeation, pervasion, suffusion - the process of permeating or infusing something with a substance
plastination - a process involving fixation and dehydration and forced impregnation and hardening of biological tissues; water and lipids are replaced by curable polymers (silicone or epoxy or polyester) that are subsequently hardened; "the plastination of specimens is valuable for research and teaching"
3.impregnation - creation by the physical union of male and female gametesimpregnation - creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
conception, creation - the event that occurred at the beginning of something; "from its creation the plan was doomed to failure"
pollenation, pollination - transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma of a plant
cross-fertilisation, cross-fertilization - fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individual of the same species
self-fertilisation, self-fertilization - fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from the same individual
superfecundation - fertilization of two or more ova released during the same menstrual cycle by sperm from separate acts of coitus (especially by different males)
superfetation - fertilization of a second ovum after a pregnancy has begun; results in two fetuses of different ages in the uterus at the same time; "superfetation is normal in some animal species"
Translations

impregnation

[ˌɪmpregˈneɪʃən] N (= permeation) → impregnación f (Bio) → fecundación f

impregnation

n
(= saturation)Tränkung f
(fig)Erfüllung f
(Biol: = fertilization) → Befruchtung f; (of humans also)Schwängerung f
References in periodicals archive ?
Our investigation found many sperminators insist on impregnating "the natural way" - claiming full-blown intercourse offers a much better chance of having a baby - while other donators are happy to offer up their sperm for artificial impregnation.
142; Marie Pichel Warner, "Artificial Insemination," Medical Woman's Journal 51 (1944): 19; and Leon Israel, "The Scope of Artificial Impregnation in the "Barren Marriage," American Journal of the Medical Sciences 202 (1941): 52-58.
See also Israel, "Scope of Artificial Impregnation," p.

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