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

Other Words from insertion

insertional \ in-​ˈsər-​shnəl How to pronounce insertion (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 And the insertion of real people — the book opens with the death of England’s king and the great Black Welsh singer Shirley Bassey rates a mention — ultimately feels incomplete. Stuart Miller, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Dec. 2021 Lucky volunteers start by undergoing a bowel cleansing protocol, which is followed by the insertion of a balloon into the rectum. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 21 Aug. 2020 But what about combinations, whether produced by genetic engineering or the insertion of human stem cells into animal embryos, that have more substantial human characteristics? Noah Millman, The Week, 12 Jan. 2022 This is mostly just a footnote, but one of omicron’s mutations is actually an insertion of RNA code that matches the code of a common cold virus. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Dec. 2021 However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the insertion is more dangerous. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2021 Rising wasn’t the opening day starter, but his insertion late in the third quarter at San Diego State on Sept. 18 has fueled this offense. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Oct. 2021 But Chicago’s insertion of Dalton, who began the season as the starter, midway through the second quarter didn’t change the Ravens’ big-play troubles. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 21 Nov. 2021 In the 1990s, lawmakers in several states, including Texas, introduced bills to offer cash assistance recipients financial incentives to get an implant or mandate insertion for people on government benefits, a move seen as reproductive coercion. Time, 5 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of insertion

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of insertion was in 1539

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“Insertion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insertion. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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insertion

noun

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 insertion (audio) \ adjective

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