adosculation

noun
ad·​os·​cu·​la·​tion | \ (ˌ)a-ˌdä-skyə-ˈlā-shən \
plural -s

Definition of adosculation

: impregnation by external contact without intromission

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First Known Use of adosculation

1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adosculation

Late Latin adosculatus (past participle of adosculari to kiss, from Latin ad- + osculari to kiss) + English -ion

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“Adosculation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adosculation. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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