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[ih-nok-yuh-luh m] /ɪˈnɒk yə ləm/
noun, plural inocula
[ih-nok-yuh-luh] /ɪˈnɒk yə lə/ (Show IPA)
the substance used to make an inoculation.
Origin of inoculum
1900-05; < New Latin, equivalent to inocul(āre) to inoculate + -um noun suffix Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for inocula


noun (pl) -la (-lə), -lants
(med) the substance used in giving an inoculation
Word Origin
C20: New Latin; see inoculate
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inocula in Medicine

inoculum in·oc·u·lum (ĭ-nŏk'yə-ləm)
n. pl. in·oc·u·lums or in·oc·u·la (-lə)
The microorganisms or other material used in an inoculation. Also called inoculant.

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