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impregnation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Impregnation  \Im`preg*na"tion\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  impr['e]gnation,  LL 
  impraegnatio.] 
  1.  The  act  of  impregnating  or  the  state  of  being  impregnated; 
  fecundation. 
 
  2.  (Biol.)  The  fusion  of  a  female  germ  cell  (ovum)  with  a 
  male  germ  cell  (in  animals,  a  spermatozo["o]n)  to  form  a 
  single  new  cell  endowed  with  the  power  of  developing  into 
  a  new  individual;  fertilization;  fecundation. 
 
  Note:  In  the  broadest  biological  sense  impregnation,  or 
  sexual  generation,  consists  simply  in  the  coalescence 
  of  two  similar  masses  of  protoplasmic  matter,  either 
  derived  from  different  parts  of  the  same  organism  or 
  from  two  distinct  organisms.  From  the  single  mass, 
  which  results  from  the  fusion,  or  coalescence,  of  these 
  two  masses,  a  new  organism  develops. 
 
  3.  That  with  which  anything  is  impregnated.  --Derham. 
 
  4.  Intimate  mixture;  influsion;  saturation. 
 
  5.  (Mining)  An  ore  deposit,  with  indefinite  boundaries, 
  consisting  of  rock  impregnated  with  ore.  --Raymond. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  impregnation 
  n  1:  the  process  of  permeating  or  infusing  [syn:  {permeation},  {pervasion}, 
  {saturation},  {suffusion}] 
  2:  creation  by  the  union  of  sperm  or  pollen  with  an  animal  or 
  plant  or  egg  cell  [syn:  {fertilization},  {fertilisation}, 
  {fecundation}] 




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