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Impregnation  n.  
The act of impregnating or the state of being impregnated; fecundation.
(Biol.) The fusion of a female germ cell (ovum) with a male germ cell (in animals, a spermatozoön) 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.
That with which anything is impregnated.
Intimate mixture; infusion; saturation.
(Mining) An ore deposit, with indefinite boundaries, consisting of rock impregnated with ore.

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"Impregnation" Quotes from Famous Books

... fit to preserve the prolific quality of the seed from being dissipated but which may be put off in the neck of the uterus, so that what is reserved within may be serviceable for conception, or the impregnation of the ovulum. Hence, also, that seminal matter has an endeavour, and as it were a burning desire, to put itself off, and leave the semen to perform its use. Something similar to this appeared with that spirit. He again came to me in mean raiment, and again said that he had ...
— Earths In Our Solar System Which Are Called Planets, and Earths In The Starry Heaven Their Inhabitants, And The Spirits And Angels There • Emanuel Swedenborg

... does nothing for himself, leaving her to make the web and provide the food, and even to carry him on her back when removal is necessary; but she makes up for the imposition by keeping him on short allowance and at a respectful distance, excepting when the impregnation of her eggs is necessary; and even then she is mistress of the situation, and, etiam in amoribus saeva, may afterward eat him up. But of this contrast between the two sexes, of their functions and their relations to each other, more hereafter. ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866 • Various

... is scooped out lower down the mountain, the site being determined by the occurrence of soffioni; and here the same processes are followed, and the same phenomena observable. The water from the lagoon above, after it has received impregnation during twenty-four hours, is let off, and conducted by an artificial channel to the second lagoon; and from thence, with similar precautions, to a third, a fourth, and so on, till it at length reaches a sixth or eighth lagoon, where ...
— Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850. • Various

Words linked to "Impregnation" :   superfecundation, plastination, creation, fertilisation, saturation, cross-fertilisation, suffusion, fecundation, material, stuff, pollination, conception, pervasion, pollenation, self-fertilisation

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