imprinting

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

Definition of imprinting

  1. :  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)

1937

First Known Use of imprinting

1937


Medical Dictionary

imprinting

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

Medical Definition of imprinting

  1. 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)

  2. 2:  genomic imprinting



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