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inseminate Syllabification: in·sem·i·nate
Pronunciation: /inˈseməˌnāt/

Definition of inseminate in English:


[with object]
Introduce semen into (a woman or a female animal) by natural or artificial means.
Example sentences
  • At the National Wildlife Research Center in Taif, female bustards are artificially inseminated and the chicks are hand-raised and then released.
  • At the predicted time of ovulation she is artificially inseminated with semen from the husband of the infertile woman…
  • If you artificially inseminate a chicken with semen from a turkey, few if any of the sperm find their way into the females' sperm store, and at best, only 2 to 3 percent of the eggs will be fertile.


Early 17th century: from Latin inseminat- 'sown', from the verb inseminare, from in- 'into' + seminare 'plant, sow' (from semen, semin- 'seed, semen').



Pronunciation: /-ˌseməˈnāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The three main types of assisted conception are intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilisation, and intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
  • Donor sperm can be used for either intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization.
  • On a purely physical level, it makes sense to lie down for a few minutes after artificial intrauterine insemination, although not all infertility clinics insist on this.

Words that rhyme with inseminate

disseminate, ingeminate

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