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Pronunciation: in-ser'shun


  1. A putting in.
  2. The usually more distal attachment of a muscle to the more movable part of the skeleton, as distinguished from origin.
  3. In dentistry, the intraoral placing of a dental prosthesis.
  4. Intrusion of fragments of any size from molecular to cytogenetic into the normal genome.

[L. insertio, a planting in, fr. insero, -sertus, to plant in]

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