- 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
Synonyms for inoculate
Examples from the Web for uninoculated
Historical Examples of uninoculated
Eventually they withered and dwindled and were in the end no different from the uninoculated grass.Greener Than You Think
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.
- 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 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.
- 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.