- to force (a fluid) into a passage, cavity, or tissue: to inject a medicine into the veins.
- to introduce (something new or different): to inject humor into a situation.
- to introduce arbitrarily or inappropriately; intrude.
- to interject (a remark, suggestion, etc.), as into conversation.
Origin of inject
1590–1600; < Latin injectus past participle of in(j)icere to throw in, equivalent to in- in-2 + -jec- (combining form of jac- throw) + -tus past participle suffix
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Examples from the Web for injected
The current FDA-approved measles vaccine consists of live but weakened measles virus that is injected into the arm.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World
December 2, 2014
He still seemed disappointed that, in his view, Ernst had injected politics into a job that had never before been political.In 2005, ‘Iowa Nice’ Ernst Helped to Oust Veterans From Local Board After They Opposed Her Candidacy
October 13, 2014
Inside the hospital, he was injected with malaria medication using unsterilized needles.The Original Ebola Hunter
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Three lucky male baboons were injected with Vasalgel and given unrestricted sexual access to 10 to 15 female baboons each.Male Birth Control, Without Condoms, Will Be Here by 2017
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As Reagan injected the toxicity of racial division into the American body politic, Jackson spoke about “coming up together”.The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson
September 7, 2014
Bodies in the dissecting-rooms are injected with preservative fluid.
To him I whispered my secret, and at his request I injected him with my elixir.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
By the same force of will he injected into his being a degree of physical energy.The Gaunt Gray Wolf
He injected a little more of the oil of persuasiveness into his voice.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
To be injected or snuffed into the nose in obstinate cases of nosebleed.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
- med to introduce (a fluid) into (the body of a person or animal) by means of a syringe or similar instrument
- (foll by into) to introduce (a new aspect or element)to inject humour into a scene
- to interject (a comment, idea, etc)
- to place (a rocket, satellite, etc) in orbit
C17: from Latin injicere to throw in, from jacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for injected
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to a substance introduced into the body.
- Of or relating to a blood vessel that is visibly distended with blood.
- To introduce a substance, such as a drug or vaccine, into a body part.
- To treat by means of injection.
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