- the substance used to make an inoculation.
Origin of inoculum
1900–05; < New Latin, equivalent to inocul(āre) to inoculate + -um noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for inoculum
Charge a platinum loop with a small quantity of the inoculum.
Flame the plugs, open the tubes, sterilise the platinum needle and charge it with the inoculum as in the previous cultivations.
Add one loopful of the inoculum to tube No. 1, treating the liquefied medium as bouillon.
Should any drops of the inoculum be forced out, they will fall on the filter paper, which should be immediately burned.
Introduce the inoculum in the form of an emulsion by means of another pipette.
- med the substance used in giving an inoculation
C20: New Latin; see inoculate
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- The microorganisms or other material used in an inoculation.inoculant
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