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inoculate

[ih-nok-yuh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), in·oc·u·lat·ed, in·oc·u·lat·ing.
  1. to implant (a disease agent or antigen) in a person, animal, or plant to produce a disease for study or to stimulate disease resistance.
  2. to affect or treat (a person, animal, or plant) in this manner.
  3. to introduce (microorganisms) into surroundings suited to their growth, as a culture medium.
  4. to imbue (a person), as with ideas.
  5. Metallurgy. to treat (molten metal) chemically to strengthen the microstructure.
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verb (used without object), in·oc·u·lat·ed, in·oc·u·lat·ing.
  1. to perform inoculation.
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Origin of inoculate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin inoculātus past participle of inoculāre to graft by budding, implant, equivalent to in- in-2 + -oculā- (stem of -oculāre to graft, derivative of oculus eye, bud) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsin·oc·u·la·tive [ih-nok-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-] /ɪˈnɒk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -yə lə-/, adjectivein·oc·u·la·tor, nounnon·in·oc·u·la·tive, adjectivere·in·oc·u·late, verb, re·in·oc·u·lat·ed, re·in·oc·u·lat·ing.self-in·oc·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·in·oc·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·in·oc·u·la·tive, adjective

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4. indoctrinate, infuse.
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  • He has disarmed it of its terrour at Muack, by inoculating eighty of his people.

  • I have succeeded in inoculating him with hopes of more fortunate chances in future.

    Alone

    Marion Harland

  • There is no fear of his inoculating me; that is to say of setting me to work, for what could one woman do?

  • They have never succeeded in inoculating it on one man from another.

  • One of the doctors had been in Albania, on an inoculating expedition.


British Dictionary definitions for inoculating

inoculate

verb
  1. to introduce (the causative agent of a disease) into the body of (a person or animal), in order to induce immunity
  2. (tr) to introduce (microorganisms, esp bacteria) into (a culture medium)
  3. (tr) to cause to be influenced or imbued, as with ideas or opinions
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Derived Formsinoculation, nouninoculative, adjectiveinoculator, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin inoculāre to implant, from in- ² + oculus eye, bud
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Word Origin and History for inoculating

inoculate

v.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

inoculating in Medicine

inoculate

(ĭ-nŏkyə-lāt′)
v.
  1. 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.
  2. To implant microorganisms or infectious material into or on a culture medium.
  3. To communicate a disease to a living organism by transferring its causative agent into the organism.
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Related formsin•ocu•la′tive adj.
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