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To pierce; to pass into the deeper tissues or into a cavity.
Etymology: L, penetrare
1 v, to enter or pierce a barrier.
2 adj, pertaining to the degree to which x-rays pass through matter.
penetrateverb To enter by force; to force one’s way into a place or space; to infiltrate.
verb To enter into the body—e.g., by a sharp object or projectile.
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.