implantation

noun

im·​plan·​ta·​tion ˌim-ˌplan-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce implantation (audio)
1
a
: the act or process of implanting something
b
: the state resulting from being implanted
2
in placental mammals : the process of attachment of the early embryo to the maternal uterine wall

Examples of implantation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea is to give the parents further opportunities in case an implantation fails. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024 After being allowed to age for a period of usually three to six days, one (or sometimes more) of the fertilized embryos, called blastocysts, is then transferred into the uterus, which will hopefully lead to implantation and a healthy pregnancy. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 5 June 2024 In fertility labs, embryos with genetic defects, considered unfit for implantation will be destroyed. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 24 Feb. 2024 Buried in some federal and state legislation are definitions of pregnancy that say pregnancy begins at fertilization rather than implantation, according to the Independent. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for implantation 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'implantation.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of implantation was in 1578

Dictionary Entries Near implantation

Cite this Entry

“Implantation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implantation. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

implantation

noun
im·​plan·​ta·​tion ˌim-ˌplan-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce implantation (audio)
1
: the act of implanting something
2
: the process of becoming implanted or the resulting state

Medical Definition

implantation

noun
im·​plan·​ta·​tion ˌim-ˌplan-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce implantation (audio)
: the act or process of implanting or the state of being implanted: as
a
: the placement of a natural or artificial tooth in an artificially prepared socket in the jawbone
b
in placental mammals : the process of attachment of the embryo to the maternal uterine wall

called also nidation

c
: medical treatment by the insertion of an implant

More from Merriam-Webster on implantation

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!