Most human infections are contracted by inhaling, ingesting, or inoculating a pathogen.
I can hear her highpitched complaining voice bargaining with me over the cost of inoculating her lawn.
He has disarmed it of its terrour at Muack, by inoculating eighty of his people.
One of the doctors had been in Albania, on an inoculating expedition.
I have succeeded in inoculating him with hopes of more fortunate chances in future.
These instruments are used for inoculating culture tubes and preparing specimens for microscopical examination.
They have never succeeded in inoculating it on one man from another.
Scientific farmers have learned the value of inoculating their soil with these germs.
They are giving themselves a sad malady; they are inoculating themselves with the past.
A hen was taken, and, after inoculating it with splenic fever blood, it was placed with its feet in water at 25 degrees.
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
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.