verb (used with object), in·oc·u·lat·ed, in·oc·u·lat·ing.
verb (used without object), in·oc·u·lat·ed, in·oc·u·lat·ing.
Origin of inoculate
Synonyms for inoculate
Examples from the Web for inoculating
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of inoculating
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
Word Origin for inoculate
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.