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inseminate

[ in-sem-uh-neyt ]
/ ɪnˈsɛm əˌneɪt /
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verb (used with object), in·sem·i·nat·ed, in·sem·i·nat·ing.

to inject semen into (the female reproductive tract); impregnate.
to sow; implant seed into.
to sow as seed in something; implant: to inseminate youth with new ideas.

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Origin of inseminate

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin insēminātus, past participle of insēmināre “to implant, impregnate,” equivalent to in- “in” + sēminātus (equivalent to sēminā(re) “to sow,” derivative of sēmen “seed” + -tus past participle suffix). See in-2; cf. semen

OTHER WORDS FROM inseminate

in·sem·i·na·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for inseminate

inseminate
/ (ɪnˈsɛmɪˌneɪt) /

verb (tr)

to impregnate (a female) with semen
to introduce (ideas or attitudes) into the mind of (a person or group)

Derived forms of inseminate

insemination, nouninseminator, noun

Word Origin for inseminate

C17: from Latin insēmināre, from in- ² + sēmināre to sow, from sēmen seed
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Medical definitions for inseminate

inseminate
[ ĭn-sĕmə-nāt′ ]

v.

To introduce or inject semen into the reproductive tract of a female.

Other words from inseminate

in•sem′i•nation n.
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