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[in-sem-uh-neyt] /ɪnˈsɛm əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), inseminated, inseminating.
to inject semen into (the female reproductive tract); impregnate.
to sow; implant seed into.
to sow as seed in something; implant:
to inseminate youth with new ideas.
Origin of inseminate
1615-25; < Latin insēminātus past participle of insēmināre to implant, impregnate, equivalent to in- in-2 + sēminātus (equivalent to sēminā(re) to sow, derivative of sēmen seed (cf. semen) + -tus past participle suffix)
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insemination, noun Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to impregnate (a female) with semen
to introduce (ideas or attitudes) into the mind of (a person or group)
Derived Forms
insemination, noun
inseminator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin insēmināre, from in-² + sēmināre to sow, from sēmen seed
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Word Origin and History for inseminate

1620s, "to cast as seed," from Latin inseminatus, past participle of inseminare "to sow, implant," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + semen (genitive semenis) "seed." Meaning "to impregnate with semen" is attested from 1923. Related: Inseminated; inseminating.

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inseminate in Medicine

inseminate in·sem·i·nate (ĭn-sěm'ə-nāt')
v. in·sem·i·nat·ed, in·sem·i·nat·ing, in·sem·i·nates
To introduce or inject semen into the reproductive tract of a female.

in·sem'i·na'tion n.
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