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innervate

[ ih-nur-veyt, in-er-veyt ]
/ ɪˈnɜr veɪt, ˈɪn ərˌveɪt /
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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.
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Origin of innervate

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH innervate

enervate, innervate
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How to use innervate in a sentence

  • All the muscles belonging to this oral chamber are of the visceral type, and are innervated by the trigeminal nerve.

    The Origin of Vertebrates|Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • There is, however, another muscle—the Retractor oculi—belonging to the same group which is innervated by the VIth nerve.

    The Origin of Vertebrates|Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • Trace the principal spinal nerves to the body-parts innervated by them.

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 forms of innervate

innervation, noun
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Medical 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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