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[in-sur-shuh n] /ɪnˈsɜr ʃən/
the act of inserting:
the insertion of a coin in a vending machine.
something inserted:
an insertion in the middle of a paragraph.
Botany, Zoology.
  1. the manner or place of attachment, as of an organ.
  2. attachment of a part or organ, with special reference to the site or manner of such attachment.
lace, embroidery, or the like, to be sewn at each edge between parts of other material.
Aerospace. injection (def 6).
Origin of insertion
1570-80; < Late Latin insertiōn- (stem of insertiō). See insert, -ion
Related forms
insertional, adjective
noninsertion, noun
preinsertion, noun
reinsertion, noun
subinsertion, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for insertion
  • The motion to insert should always specify the word before or after which the insertion is to be made.
  • The insertion device, about a fifth of the diameter of the riser itself, is not supposed to block the flow of oil completely.
  • One thing he has worked out, in great detail, is the method for insertion.
  • Contracts must be completed within one year from the date of first insertion.
  • All products and services must be approved by the publisher before acceptance of insertion order.
  • The insertion of bones into the kiln is a key to his success.
  • Special clauses and insertion orders or contracts are not accepted if relating to legal liability.
  • Some people need an over-the-counter lubricant to expedite insertion of the catheter.
  • insertion orders with disclaimers will not be accepted.
  • Still grand on the exterior, the windows have been divided within by the insertion of a new floor.
British Dictionary definitions for insertion


the act of inserting or something that is inserted
a word, sentence, correction, etc, inserted into text, such as a newspaper
a strip of lace, embroidery, etc, between two pieces of material
(anatomy) the point or manner of attachment of a muscle to the bone that it moves
(botany) the manner or point of attachment of one part to another
Derived Forms
insertional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for insertion

1590s, "act of putting in," from Late Latin insertionem (nominative insertio), noun of action from past participle stem of inserere (see insert). Meaning "that which is inserted" attested from 1620s.

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insertion in Medicine

insertion in·ser·tion (ĭn-sûr'shən)

  1. The point or mode of attachment of a skeletal muscle to the bone or other body part that it moves.

  2. The placing of a dental prosthesis in the mouth.

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