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pen·e·trate

(pen'ĕ-trāt),
To pierce; to pass into the deeper tissues or into a cavity.

penetrate

[pen′ətrāt]
Etymology: L, penetrare
1 v, to enter or pierce a barrier.
2 adj, pertaining to the degree to which x-rays pass through matter.

penetrate

verb To enter by force; to force one’s way into a place or space; to infiltrate.

Forensics
verb To enter into the body—e.g., by a sharp object or projectile.

Sexology
verb To enter a natural orifice (e.g., the vagina, anus), as by a penis or sexual toy.

penetrate

(pĕn′ĕ-trāt) [L. penetrare]
To enter or force into the interior; pierce.
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When Gen-Probe designed a new cap for a specimen tube to be used to hold samples for a new super-sensitive genetic detection method, the paramount requirement was that the cap be penetrable to allow assay samples to be withdrawn from the tube, but it must still provide a secure seal that prevents even the tiniest amount of aerosol contamination to escape the tube and potentially contaminate other genetic tests being performed in the same lab.
Amazed that his body is "but penetrable flesh," Bussy swears to die standing, like Emperor Vespasian, and then apostrophizes his sword: "Prop me, true sword, as thou hast ever done
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Despite the first impression of an extremely loosely organized network of groups, there is in fact a clear hierarchy of command, centered in Delhi, but its apex is hardly penetrable for outsiders.
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The rationale: "We would not want anyone to possibly think that our grounds are penetrable off-season and that some child might get hurt while unattended on our camp equipment.