imprinting

noun
im·​print·​ing | \ ˈim-ˌprin-tiŋ How to pronounce imprinting (audio) , 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)

Examples of imprinting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Something about mothers and children, and the unmothered, and human frailty, and imprinting. Jennifer Senior, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2022 Perhaps my appreciation of this car is the result of generational imprinting. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 15 July 2022 To get there, researchers are using technologies such as nanoparticles and molecular imprinting, which create cavities in a polymer structure that match the size and shape of a specific drug. Emily Mullin, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022 Prior research to force mammals to reproduce via parthenogenesis have failed because of genomic imprinting, per a statement. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Mar. 2022 Something about friendship, which can and should provide support and understanding and company and a different sort of imprinting. Jennifer Senior, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2022 Evidence is building that this phenomenon, also known as immune imprinting, is at work in Covid-19. Denise Roland, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 Distance is a measurement set early in life, the landmarks of childhood imprinting on our geographic sensibilities forever, even as the magnitude of the world grows and shrinks around us. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2021 Still, Hensley isn’t worried about imprinting — or at least not among people who have been vaccinated with mRNA vaccines. Helen Branswell, STAT, 19 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of imprinting

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Imprinting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imprinting. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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imprinting

noun
im·​print·​ing | \ ˈim-ˌprint-iŋ, im-ˈ How to pronounce imprinting (audio) \

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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