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penetrate into someone or something

to pierce into someone or something; to stick deep into someone or something. The lance penetrated into the knight, right through his armor. The bullet penetrated into the wall.
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penetrate something with something

to pierce something with something. I could not even penetrate the steel door with a cold chisel. It was easy to penetrate the lid with a can opener.
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penetrate through something

to pierce all the way through something. (Some people will view the through as redundant.) The bullet could not penetrate through the metal plating. It did not have enough force to penetrate through the steel.
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Diagnostic laparoscopy is cost effective procedure for diagnosing penetrating injuries.
Inclusion: penetrating or blunt trauma to the neck, irrespective of associated injuries or final outcome.
This database was retrospectively interrogated for all patients requiring an emergency thoracic operation for penetrating injury from July 2006 to July 2009.
Using its Penetrating Therapeutics(TM) technologies, Obagi's products are designed to improve penetration of agents across the skin barrier for common skin disorders in adult skin such as chloasma, melasma, senile letigines, acne vulgaris and sun damage.
Radiography--Radiographic testing is based on exposure of a casting to differential absorption rates of penetrating radiation in the form of x rays or gamma rays.
His skills are well suited to creating and executing new strategies and opportunities that support our Penetrating Therapeutics(TM) technologies with science based clinical studies.
However, these sperm proved about 30 percent less successful at penetrating eggs than did sperm from untreated rats.
These results were achieved through the application of Obagi's Penetrating Therapeutics(TM) technologies to a BPO formulation.
A superconductor normally shields itself from the effects of magnetic fields in which it is placed by preventing such fields from penetrating its interior.
The IntraLase FS laser is the first femtosecond laser cleared for use in a variety of refractive and corneal surgeries including LASIK, and intrastromal incisions used with ring implants, lamellar keratoplasty, penetrating keratoplasty, and for the preparation of the donor tissue used in corneal transplants.
At present, those assessments assume that if penetrating alpha particles do not directly damage a cell's genes, the cell emerges unscathed.
By penetrating the integration layers, Solstice streamlines diagnosis and gives testers control and a repeatable integration validation environment.
He wonders whether immobile or feeble sperm -- which normally don't stand much chance of penetrating the egg's inner sanctum -- might be more likely to harbor serious DNA mutations than their more vigorous counterparts.
The Company plans to continue mapping and sampling of the prospective areas within the Las Minas Project, followed by a program of ground penetrating radar and wide spaced drilling.
Rosa of the European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany, and his collaborators adopted a novel strategy for penetrating the dense interstellar gas and dust clouds that otherwise obscure the view.