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v. im·print·ed, im·print·ing, im·prints
1. To produce (a mark or pattern) on a surface by pressure.
2. To produce a mark on (a surface) by pressure.
3. To impart a strong or vivid impression of: "We imprint our own ideas onto acts" (Ellen Goodman).
4. To fix firmly, as in the mind: He tried to imprint the telephone number in his memory.
5. To cause (a very young animal) to recognize and be attracted to another animal or to an object identified as the parent. Often used with on.
6. To modify (a gene) chemically, as by DNA methylation, affecting the gene's expression in offspring.
To become imprinted on another animal or on an object identified as the parent. Used of newborn or very young animals. Often used with on: lab animals that imprint on researchers.
n. (ĭm′prĭnt′)
1. A mark or pattern produced by imprinting; an impression.
2. A distinguishing influence or effect: Spanish architecture that shows the imprint of Islamic rule.
3. A chemical modification of a gene affecting the gene's expression in offspring.
a. A publisher's name, often with the date, address, and edition, printed at the bottom of a title page of a publication.
b. A publishing business with a unique name, usually owned by a larger publishing firm: started a paperback imprint for young-adult novels.

[Middle English emprenten, from Old French empreinter, from empreinte, impression, from feminine past participle of empreindre, to print, from Latin imprimere, to impress; see impress1.]
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(Zoology) the development through exceptionally fast learning in young animals of recognition of and attraction to members of their own species or to surrogates
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(ɪmˈprɪn tɪŋ)

rapid learning that occurs during a brief receptive period, typically in early life, and that establishes a long-lasting behavioral response to a specific individual, object, or category of stimuli, as attachment to a parent or preference for a type of habitat.
[1937; translation of German Prägung, K. Lorenz's term]
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Noun1.imprinting - a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established
learning, acquisition - the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge; "the child's acquisition of language"
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[ɪmˈprɪntɪŋ] N (Bio, Psych) → impresión f
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He drew rein, and as they slowed he was on the point of imprinting the desired salute, when, as if hardly yet aware of her own modesty, she dodged aside.
This finding conflicts with those of earlier analyses (O'Donald 1960; Kalmus and Maynard Smith 1966; Seiger 1967), which suggested that sexual imprinting can result in a population splitting into two non-interbreeding, genetically distinct populations, or that sexual imprinting is likely to maintain a stable polymorphism in the population.
Imprinting Systems has seen an increase in productivity after its acquisition of a Mark Andy Digital One, a 4-color EP label press.
The covalent and noncovalent are the major techniques for imprinting [9-12].
The team led by Stowers Investigator Linheng Li, Ph.D., reports that genomic imprinting, a process that specifically shuts down one of the two gene copies found in each mammalian cell, prevents the reservists from being called up prematurely.
The topics include molecularly imprinted polymers as recognition elements in sensors, the fabrication and development of molecularly imprinted polymer-based sensors for environmental applications, comparing optical and mass-sensitive detection, discriminating analytes with fluorescent molecular imprinting sensor arrays, luminescent optical sensors based on nanoscale molecularly imprinted polymers, conductive polymers for plastic electronics, and molecularly imprinted sol-gel sensors.
For the imprinting process, the researchers use a special method (boronate affinity controllable oriented surface imprinting) that is particularly controllable and makes it possible to imprint using chains of sugar building blocks (glycans) as templates.
* Kodak has announced the introduction of the new Kodak Prosper Plus Imprinting Solutions for the packaging industry.
In mammals, because certain maternal or paternal genes are shut off during germline development by a mechanism called genomic imprinting, offspring that don't receive genetic material from both a mother and a father might experience developmental abnormalities or might not be viable.
The holoprinter is an easy-to-use table top unit that can be used for applications such as imprinting of functional structures like lab-on-chip, diffractive optical elements and other types of nano-imprinted structures.
In conclusion, the current study demonstrated the design and development of low-cost, reusable, robust, and selective materials using molecular imprinting technique for the sensitive recognition of a crucial protein myoglobin in real samples.
Molecular imprinting offers a straight forward and targeted method for producing such polymeric artificial receptors which contains analyte-specific molecular recognition properties [16-18].