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v. im·printed, im·printing, im·prints
1. To produce (a mark or pattern) on a surface by pressure.
2. To produce a mark on (a surface) by pressure.
3. To cause (a very young animal) to recognize and be attracted to another animal or to an object identified as the parent. Often used with on.
4. To modify (a gene) chemically, as by DNA methylation, affecting the gene's expression in offspring.
To become imprinted on another animal or on an object identified as the parent. Used of newborn or very young animals. Often used with on: lab animals that imprint on researchers.
n. (ĭm′prĭnt′)
A chemical modification of a gene affecting the gene's expression in offspring.


(im-print', im'print) [L. imprimere, to press into]
1. To leave a pressure mark on an object.
2. To guide or restrict the development or expression of a genetic, behavioral, or personal characteristic. imprint (im'print) ; imprinting

biopsy imprint

Touch preparation.

genomic imprint

The inactivation of a gene by its allele.
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The most important criterion: If a silent, imprinted gene is to maintain the potential to show up loud and clear in a subsequent generation -- depending on the parent through which it later is passed down -- then gene inactivation by imprinting must be reversible.
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IN desorption from the imprinted films has been studied by immersing the samples subjected earlier to absorption studies in a determined amount of distilled water.
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Migeon's finding may help explain why women don't have imprinted X inactivation, says Andrew Feinberg, a biologist from Johns Hopkins who wasn't involved in the study.