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inoculum

[ ih-nok-yuh-luhm ]
/ ɪˈnɒk yə ləm /
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noun, plural in·oc·u·la [ih-nok-yuh-luh]. /ɪˈnɒk yə lə/.

the substance used to make an inoculation.

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Origin of inoculum

1900–05; <New Latin, equivalent to inocul(āre) to inoculate + -um noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for inoculum

inoculum

inoculant

/ (ɪˈnɒkjʊləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə) or -lants

med the substance used in giving an inoculation

Word Origin for inoculum

C20: New Latin; see inoculate
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Medical definitions for inoculum

inoculum
[ ĭ-nŏkyə-ləm ]

n. pl. in•oc•u•lums

The microorganisms or other material used in an inoculation.inoculant
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