[ih-nok-yuh-leyt] /ɪˈnɒk yəˌleɪt/

verb (used with object), inoculated, inoculating.
to implant (a disease agent or antigen) in a person, animal, or plant to produce a disease for study or to stimulate disease resistance.
to affect or treat (a person, animal, or plant) in this manner.
to introduce (microorganisms) into surroundings suited to their growth, as a culture medium.
to imbue (a person), as with ideas.
Metallurgy. to treat (molten metal) chemically to strengthen the microstructure.
verb (used without object), inoculated, inoculating.
to perform .
to introduce (the causative agent of a disease) into the body of (a person or animal), in order to induce immunity
(transitive) to introduce (microorganisms, esp bacteria) into (a culture medium)
(transitive) to cause to be influenced or imbued, as with ideas or opinions

mid-15c., “implant a bud into a plant,” from Latin inoculatus, past participle of inoculare “graft in, implant,” from in- “in” (see in- (2)) + oculus “bud,” originally “eye” (see eye (n.)). Meaning “implant germs of a disease to produce immunity” first recorded (in inoculation) 1714, originally in reference to smallpox. After 1799, often used in sense of “to vaccine inoculate.” Related: Inoculated; inoculating.

inoculate in·oc·u·late (ĭ-nŏk’yə-lāt’)
v. in·oc·u·lat·ed, in·oc·u·lat·ing, in·oc·u·lates

in·oc’u·la’tive adj.
in·oc’u·la’tor n.


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