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



noun plural -la (-lə) or -lants
  1. med the substance used in giving an inoculation
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Word Origin for inoculum

C20: New Latin; see inoculate
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inocula in Medicine


n. pl. in•oc•u•lums
  1. The microorganisms or other material used in an inoculation.inoculant
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