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innervate

[ ih-nur-veyt, in-er-veyt ]
/ 瑟藞n蓽r ve瑟t, 藞瑟n 蓹r藢ve瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路ner路vat路ed, in路ner路vat路ing.
to communicate nervous energy to; stimulate through nerves.
to furnish with nerves; grow nerves into.
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Origin of innervate

First recorded in 1865鈥70; in-2 + nerve + -ate1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH innervate

enervate, innervate
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British Dictionary definitions for innervate

innervate
/ (藞瑟n蓽藧藢ve瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to supply nerves to (a bodily organ or part)
to stimulate (a bodily organ or part) with nerve impulses

Derived forms of innervate

innervation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for innervate

innervate
[ 沫-n没rv膩t鈥, 沫n蓹r- ]

v.
To supply an organ or a body part with nerves.
To stimulate a nerve, muscle, or body part to action.
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