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

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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.

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Following the directive to lie down after insertion certainly would make a difference in terms of delivering the active ingredients. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 This is also why doctors typically recommend that people who just got IUDs check their strings monthly for at least the first three post-insertion months. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Truth About Getting Pregnant When You Have an IUD," 27 Dec. 2018 Since perforation most commonly occurs shortly after insertion, that could mean getting your IUD taken out way before its deadline. Korin Miller, SELF, "When Is It OK to Get Your IUD Removed?," 12 Mar. 2019 The insertion positions tend to work well here, according to NuvaRing’s instructions. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Insert NuvaRing So It Stays in Place," 25 Jan. 2019 But these were based on a simple insertion of the gene from spiders, which turned out not to make much protein. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers insert a spider web gene into the silkworm," 8 Aug. 2018 Similarly to the pill, a hormonal IUD can cause breakthrough bleeding at first—for up to three to six months after insertion. Amy Marturana, SELF, "12 Causes of Spotting and Breakthrough Bleeding," 28 Dec. 2018 After insertion, the Cartiva cartilage protrudes slightly from the metatarsal bone at the base of the big toe. Laura Johannes, WSJ, "Synthetic Materials Can Replace Cartilage in Your Aching Joints," 16 Sep. 2018 Between the cost of insertion and the actual IUD itself, your appointment could run a couple hundred dollars. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "What's the Best Form of Birth Control for You?," 31 Oct. 2017

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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

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 insertional (audio) \ adjective

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