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Impregnation   /ɪmprˈɛgnˈeɪʃən/   Listen
Impregnation

noun
1.
Material with which something is impregnated.
2.
The process of totally saturating something with a substance.  Synonym: saturation.  "The saturation of cotton with ether"
3.
Creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant.  Synonyms: fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization.






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"Impregnation" Quotes from Famous Books



... remind it of, its next ordinary course of action, in the same way as we, when we recite a well-known passage, are led up to each successive sentence by the sentence which has immediately preceded it.... Though the ovum immediately after impregnation is instinct with all the memories of both parents, not one of these memories can normally become active till both the ovum itself and its surroundings are sufficiently like what they respectively were, when the occurrence now to be remembered last took place. The memory ...
— Form and Function - A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology • E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

... Nature, that go to enrich the treasury of science, and quicken the moral sense. Of such material facts are the discoveries in embryology and kindred branches. They reveal the grave fact, previously reckoned with in the matter of the breeding of domestic animals, that the act of impregnation is an act of inoculation. This fact, absolutely material, furnishes a post-discovered material basis for a pre-surmised moral concept,—the "oneness of flesh" with father and mother. Thus science solidifies a poetic-moral yearning, once held imprisoned in the benumbing shell of theological ...
— Woman under socialism • August Bebel

... sight, be expected that the water of the Thames, after having received all the contents of the sewers, drains, and water courses, of a large town, should acquire thereby such impregnation with foreign matters, as to become very impure; but it appears, from the most accurate experiments that have been made, that those kinds of impurities have no perceptible influence on the salubrious quality of a mass of water so immense, ...
— A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons • Fredrick Accum

... this memoir is, that in all Phaenogamous plants fecundation takes place through a cord or fasciculus of vessels entering the outer coat of the ovulum, at a point distinct from, but at the period of impregnation closely approximated to the umbilicus, and to the cicatrix of this cord, which itself is soon obliterated, he gives the name of Micropyle: that the ovulum has two coats, each having its proper umbilicus, ...
— Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2] • Phillip Parker King



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



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