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 inoculator
Historical Examples of inoculator
Before occupying ourselves with its capacities as an inoculator, let us learn how its larva lives in the invaded cell.The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
Dr Giles Watts, an inoculator in Kent, says it was a most extraordinary improvement.
The inoculator was satisfied, but not so the youth: he insisted upon a second inoculation, which had no effect.
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.