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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Considering the deep imprinting of Muppetry on the Google mindset, the TV commercial won’t be the last of the partnership of the Henson’s puppets and the internet giant. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Why Google Just Can’t Quit the Muppets," 27 Dec. 2011

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of imprinting was in 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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