- 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.
- to perform inoculation.
Origin of inoculate
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Examples from the Web for inoculated
Forty million Americans were inoculated, unnecessarily as it turned out.How Presidents Handle Pandemics
October 16, 2014
Troops traveling north from the Carolinas were soon stopping in Virginia to be inoculated before continuing on.
He had his wife, Martha, inoculated in Philadelphia, and she came through the process healthy.
Before the end of 1777, nearly 40,000 troops had been inoculated.
In fact, we have been inoculated from the experience of contagion.When TB Was a Death Sentence: An Excerpt From ‘The Remedy’
April 16, 2014
He it was who inoculated Radville with the habit of buying manufactured candies.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
It was born of the world's sickness, with which the men from the cities had been inoculated.The Vagrant Duke
He inoculated me with a taste for pictures and good engravings, of which I bought some.The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
Yes,” said I, “you have been inoculated for marriage, and have recovered.The Way of All Flesh
It's the only place in the city where one can be inoculated against it, so far as I know.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
- to introduce (the causative agent of a disease) into the body of (a person or animal), in order to induce immunity
- (tr) to introduce (microorganisms, esp bacteria) into (a culture medium)
- (tr) to cause to be influenced or imbued, as with ideas or opinions
Word Origin and History for inoculated
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.
- To introduce a serum, a vaccine, or an antigenic substance into the body of a person or an animal, especially as a means to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease.
- To implant microorganisms or infectious material into or on a culture medium.
- To communicate a disease to a living organism by transferring its causative agent into the organism.