- 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.
Origin of inoculate
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Examples from the Web for inoculating
Most human infections are contracted by inhaling, ingesting, or inoculating a pathogen.This Amoeba Eats Your Brain: Naegleria Fowleri Rattles New Orleans
September 23, 2013
He has disarmed it of its terrour at Muack, by inoculating eighty of his people.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland
I have succeeded in inoculating him with hopes of more fortunate chances in future.Alone
There is no fear of his inoculating me; that is to say of setting me to work, for what could one woman do?Rujub, the Juggler
G. A. Henty
They have never succeeded in inoculating it on one man from another.Michael, Brother of Jerry
One of the doctors had been in Albania, on an inoculating expedition.The Luck of Thirteen
- 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
Word Origin and History for inoculating
mid-15c., "implant a bud into a plant," from Latin inoculatus, past participle of inoculare "graft in, implant," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + oculus "bud," originally "eye" (see eye (n.)). Meaning "implant germs of a disease to produce immunity" first recorded (in inoculation) 1714, originally in reference to smallpox. After 1799, often used in sense of "to vaccine inoculate." Related: Inoculated; inoculating.
- To introduce a serum, a vaccine, or an antigenic substance into the body of a person or an animal, especially as a means to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease.
- To implant microorganisms or infectious material into or on a culture medium.
- To communicate a disease to a living organism by transferring its causative agent into the organism.