innervate

[ ih-nur-veyt, in-er-veyt ]
/ ɪˈnɜr veɪt, ˈɪn ərˌveɪt /

verb (used with object), in·ner·vat·ed, in·ner·vat·ing.

to communicate nervous energy to; stimulate through nerves.
to furnish with nerves; grow nerves into.

Nearby words

  1. innerly,
  2. innermost,
  3. innermost intercostal muscle,
  4. innersole,
  5. innerspring,
  6. innervation,
  7. innerve,
  8. innerwear,
  9. inness,
  10. inness, george

Origin of innervate

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

Can be confusedenergize enervate innervate invigorate

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British Dictionary definitions for innervate

innervate

/ (ˈɪnɜːˌveɪt) /

verb (tr)

to supply nerves to (a bodily organ or part)
to stimulate (a bodily organ or part) with nerve impulses
Derived Formsinnervation, noun

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Word Origin and History for innervate

innervate

v.

1870, from in- (2) "in" + Latin nervus (see nerve) + -ate. Probably rather a back-formation from innervation (1832). Related: Innervated. Innervation in psychology is from 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for innervate

innervate

[ ĭ-nûrvāt′, ĭnər- ]

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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