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)

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Recent Examples on the Web The fact that researchers can discern bilingualism at an early age indicates that the brains of monolingual and bilingual babies are subject to unique and different patterns of neuronal imprinting. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, "‘The Bilingual Brain’ Review: Two Souls in One Body," 5 Mar. 2020 The process is completed with the imprinting of a small red heart on the lower right-hand corner of the license. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "What’s the organ donation process? Curious Texas investigates," 5 Feb. 2020 Now, Fedor Jelezko, a physicist at Ulm University in Germany, Zurek, and colleagues have demonstrated that redundant imprinting of information on the environment. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Twist on ‘survival of the fittest’ could explain how reality emerges from the quantum haze," 12 Sep. 2019 That is when 400 million years of munch-time imprinting takes over. Tom Stienstra,, "Great white sharks show up in huge numbers along the coast," 26 July 2019 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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First Known Use of imprinting

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Imprinting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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