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  1. A chemical reaction or transformation of the general type:
    in which the connecting atom or group Y replaces the bond joining the parts X and Z of the reactant XZ. An example is the carbene insertion reaction:
    The reverse of an insertion is called an extrusion.
    See also: α-addition
    PAC, 1994, 66, 1077 (Glossary of terms used in physical organic chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 1125
  2. A general term given to a reaction involving the transfer of a guest atom, ion or molecule into a host crystal lattice.
    PAC, 1994, 66, 577 (Definitions of terms relating to phase transitions of the solid state (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 583
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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