to implant (a disease agent or antigen) in a person, animal, or plant to produce a disease for study or to stimulate disease resistance.
to affect or treat (a person, animal, or plant) in this manner.
to introduce (microorganisms) into surroundings suited to their growth, as a culture medium.
to imbue (a person), as with ideas.
Metallurgy. to treat (molten metal) chemically to strengthen the microstructure.
to perform inoculation.
- in·oc·u·la·tive [ih-nok-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-], /ɪˈnɒk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -yə lə-/, adjective
- in·oc·u·la·tor, noun
- non·in·oc·u·la·tive, adjective
- re·in·oc·u·late, verb, re·in·oc·u·lat·ed, re·in·oc·u·lat·ing.
- self-in·oc·u·lat·ed, adjective
- un·in·oc·u·lat·ed, adjective
- un·in·oc·u·la·tive, adjective
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How to use inoculate in a sentence
It will start inoculating its population of 67 million people through the state-run National Health Service, with the first vaccinations to be given to the highest-priority individuals from December 7.How the US, UK and China are planning to roll out vaccines | Eileen Guo | December 4, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
According to Rajesh Bhushan, the health ministry’s secretary, the government had never spoken about inoculating everyone in India.Does India need to give its entire population the Covid-19 vaccine? | Manavi Kapur | December 3, 2020 | Quartz
Contact with a woman in a more advanced role inoculates younger women against threats to their scientific identity and reinforces that perhaps they, too, can thrive in science.The Problem with a New Study on Mentorship in Science - Facts So Romantic | Aubrey Clayton | December 2, 2020 | Nautilus
Lee has questions about the monitoring of side effects, but such considerations are not delaying his preparations for the day he can begin inoculating his community.Mass vaccinations against covid-19 will be ‘mind-blowing’ challenge for Alabama, other poor, rural states | Isaac Stanley-Becker | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
When distribution expands beyond health-care workers, the onus will shift from hospitals and other organizations largely inoculating their own staff to a wider range of sites, from sports arenas to school parking lots, for community immunization.Mass vaccinations against covid-19 will be ‘mind-blowing’ challenge for Alabama, other poor, rural states | Isaac Stanley-Becker | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
Most human infections are contracted by inhaling, ingesting, or inoculating a pathogen.This Amoeba Eats Your Brain: Naegleria Fowleri Rattles New Orleans | Kent Sepkowitz | September 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Forces of doctors were marshalled to administer the cure, inoculating all who were untouched by the Plague.
In a short time Europe, too, was busily engaged in developing the bacteria, and inoculating her people.
If I still possessed it I would, despite my advanced age, try the experiment of inoculating myself with it.Complete Short Works | Georg Ebers
These instruments are used for inoculating culture tubes and preparing specimens for microscopical examination.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique | John William Henry Eyre
(a) Inoculating a tube of sterile nutrient medium with a portion of the material to be examined.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique | John William Henry Eyre
British Dictionary definitions for inoculate
to introduce (the causative agent of a disease) into the body of (a person or animal), in order to induce immunity
(tr) to introduce (microorganisms, esp bacteria) into (a culture medium)
(tr) to cause to be influenced or imbued, as with ideas or opinions
- inoculation, noun
- inoculative, adjective
- inoculator, noun
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