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inoculate

[ih-nok-yuh-leyt]
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

Synonyms for inoculate

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Historical Examples of uninoculated

  • Eventually they withered and dwindled and were in the end no different from the uninoculated grass.

    Greener Than You Think

    Ward Moore

  • Then came a period of more than a year, during which the uninoculated had 42 deaths, and the inoculated had one death.

  • Out of this number 429 were inoculated; which, if the population be reckoned at 1000 exactly, left 571 uninoculated.

  • At the end of May, he visited 89 houses, in 62 of which both inoculated and uninoculated were living together.

  • One of the two uninoculated women died of plague two days after the boy, she having been in attendance upon him.


British Dictionary definitions for uninoculated

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 for inoculate

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

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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uninoculated 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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