insertion

noun
in·​ser·​tion | \ in-ˈsər-shən How to pronounce insertion (audio) \

Definition of insertion

1 : something that is inserted: such as
a : the part of a muscle that inserts
b : the mode or place of attachment of an organ or part
c : embroidery or needlework inserted as ornament between two pieces of fabric
d : a section of genetic material that is inserted into an existing gene sequence
2a : the act or process of inserting
b : the mutational process producing a genetic insertion

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from insertion

insertional \ in-​ˈsər-​shnəl How to pronounce insertional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of insertion in a Sentence

Treatment may include the insertion of a tube in his ear. The report contains a number of insertions.
Recent Examples on the Web They're also recommended prior to certain procedures, such as the insertion of an intrauterine device for birth control. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Many teen girls may be getting unnecessary pelvic exams," 7 Jan. 2020 Perry’s insertion reignited the talented but slumping Thomas. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "What does Manny Diaz now do at quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes?," 6 Oct. 2019 In the process of copying itself, the gene drive can also add, delete or modify genes at its insertion point. Quanta Magazine, "Gene Drives Work in Mice (if They’re Female)," 27 Aug. 2019 Although video showed its insertion method as looking like a violent stab, the hardware protects the electrodes from damage at this point. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Both an evolution and a plan for radical change," 13 Aug. 2019 The research team determined that each million bases of coding DNA has picked up nearly 3,400 individual base changes and another 380 small insertions or losses of bases. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Infectious cancer hasn’t done much over the last 4,000 years," 3 Aug. 2019 Over-the-counter birth control wouldn’t be possible for methods that require insertion or administration by someone like a doctor, such as IUDs, the arm implant, and the birth control shot. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Over-the-Counter Birth Control Really a Good Idea?," 2 Aug. 2019 This necessitated the re-insertion of senior corner Josh Butler, who had been benched in recent games in favor of sophomore Shakur Brown. Chase Michaelson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State secondary staggers as Shea Patterson exposes its weaknesses," 16 Nov. 2019 But early stumbles have borne a midseason stride, one helped by the insertion of inside linebacker Alexander Johnson and nose tackle Mike Purcell into the starting lineup prior to the Week 5 win in Los Angeles. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Broncos’ run defense is trending upwards, but faces critical challenge against Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook," 12 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'insertion.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of insertion

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about insertion

Time Traveler for insertion

Time Traveler

The first known use of insertion was in 1539

See more words from the same year

Statistics for insertion

Last Updated

21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Insertion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insertion. Accessed 22 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for insertion

insertion

noun
How to pronounce insertion (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of insertion

: the act or process of putting something into something else : the act or process of inserting something
: something (such as a comment) that is added to a piece of writing : something that is inserted

insertion

noun
in·​ser·​tion | \ in-ˈsər-shən How to pronounce insertion (audio) \

Kids Definition of insertion

1 : the act or process of putting in or into The lock opened upon insertion of a key.

insertion

noun
in·​ser·​tion | \ in-ˈsər-shən How to pronounce insertion (audio) \

Medical Definition of insertion

1 : the part of a muscle by which it is attached to the part to be moved — compare origin sense 2
2 : the mode or place of attachment of an organ or part
3a : a section of genetic material inserted into an existing gene sequence
b : the mutational process producing a genetic insertion

Other Words from insertion

insertional \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce insertional (audio) \ adjective

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on insertion

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with insertion

Spanish Central: Translation of insertion

Nglish: Translation of insertion for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of insertion for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about insertion

Comments on insertion

What made you want to look up insertion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to help to grow, develop, or succeed

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!