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Insemination \In*sem`i*na"tion\, n. A sowing. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, "action of sowing," noun of action from inseminate. Meaning "infusion of semen" is from 1860.


n. 1 A sowing of seed; the act of inseminate. 2 The act of impregnate (making pregnant) someone or thing.

  1. n. the act of sowing (of seeds in the ground or, figuratively, of germs in the body or ideas in the mind, etc.)

  2. the introduction of semen into the genital tract of a female


Insemination is the deliberate introduction of sperm into a female animal or plant for the purpose of impregnating or fertilizing the female for sexual reproduction. The sperm is introduced into the uterus of a mammal or the oviduct of an oviparous (egg-laying) animal.

In mammals, insemination normally occurs during sexual intercourse when the male ejaculates into the female's reproductive tract, but insemination can take place in other ways, such as artificial insemination. Each form of insemination has legal, moral and interpersonal implications. Whether insemination takes place naturally or by artificial means, however, the pregnancy and the progress of it will be the same.

Insemination may be called in vivo fertilisation (from in vivo meaning "within the living") because an egg is fertilized inside the body, and is thus essentially the opposite of in vitro fertilisation.

In plants, the process of insemination is referred to as pollination.

Usage examples of "insemination".

And artificial insemination and genetic tampering were banned under the New Amazonian constitution.

The options are artificial insemination, intrauterine insemination, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and in vitro fertilization.

What the sixers sought was sparking, insemination as catalyst to start a placenta forming.

But we can expose the test tube of seminal fluid to gold kryptonite, then use standard techniques for artificial insemination.

Yes, artificial insemination is against Earth's law, but it's allowed where medical reasons are involved, and, of course, that's often the case, or said to be.

But Captain Ky thought of using him to breed, for artificial insemination, and she found this vet clinic that’.

So I've decided to opt for artificial insemination from a clinic which supplies well-documented but anonymous donors.

Through artificial insemination and even more sophisticated methods of biological engineering, we can produce as many mules as we desire, even without actual intercourse between donkey and mare.

If, after a reasonable time, impregnation doesnt follow, the spirit rebels and artificial insemination is resorted to.

The mother of my second daughter wanted a son, I believe, but I wouldn't give my consent to artificial insemination with selected sperm-not even with my own sperm-but insisted on the natural throw of the genetic dice.

If, after a reasonable time, impregnation doesn't follow, the spirit rebels and artificial insemination is resorted to.

For example, cattle breeders trying to perform artificial insemination on a prize dairy cow have big problems figuring out when the cow is ovulat-ing.

Jefferson once said people get pretty much the kind of government they deserve, which is why I refuse to listen to any bullshit carping by my fellow Californians about Reagan and his gubernatorial gang-banging--what I chose to call government by artificial insemination when I was arguing with Julie, a registered Republican, when we weren't making love--because it seems to me they got just what they were asking for.

Generally, homosexuals have used reproductive technologies to create their own nuclear families, not new constructions, Lesbian couples have used artificial insemination to bear children, but this is quite old tech.

Ar tificial insemination had solved his basic problem in the matter of becoming a father.