imprinting

noun im·print·ing \ ˈim-ˌprin-tiŋ , im-ˈprin- \

Definition of imprinting

: a rapid learning process that takes place early in the life of a social animal (such as a goose) and establishes a behavior pattern (such as recognition of and attraction to its own kind or a substitute)

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1937

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imprinting

noun im·print·ing \ ˈim-ˌprint-iŋ, im-ˈ \

medical Definition of imprinting

1 : a rapid learning process that takes place early in the life of a social animal (as a greylag goose) and establishes a behavior pattern (as recognition of and attraction to its own kind or a substitute)


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