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penetrate


penetrate

verb pen·e·trate \ˈpen-ə-ˌtrāt\
pen·e·trat·edpen·e·trat·ing

Definition of PENETRATE

transitive verb
1
:  to pass into or through <enzymes that help the sperm penetrate the zona pellucida—Anna Maria Gillis>
2
:  to insert the penis into the vagina of in copulation
intransitive verb
:  to pass, extend, pierce, or diffuse into or through something <penetrating percutaneous nephroscopy or ureteroscopy—R. A. Riehle et al>
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