- The definition of inoculate is to vaccinate someone against a disease.
When you get your dog a rabies shot, this is an example of a situation where you inoculate your dog against rabies.
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- to inject a serum, vaccine, etc. into (a living organism), esp. in order to create immunity
- to communicate (a disease) in this way
- to put or implant microorganisms into (soil, a culture medium, etc.) to develop a culture, stimulate growth, fix nitrogen, etc.
- to introduce ideas, etc. into the mind of; imbue
Origin: Middle English enoculaten from Classical Latin inoculatus, past participle of inoculare, to engraft a bud inch(es) another plant from in-, inch(es) plush oculus, a bud, eye
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transitive verb in·oc·u·lat·ed, in·oc·u·lat·ing, in·oc·u·lates
- To introduce a serum, vaccine, or antigenic substance into (the body of a person or animal), especially to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease.
- To communicate a disease to (a living organism) by transferring its causative agent into the organism.
- To implant microorganisms or infectious material into (a culture medium).
- To safeguard as if by inoculation; protect.
- To introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of.
Origin: Middle English inoculaten, to graft a scion, from Latin inoculāre, inoculāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + oculus, eye, bud; see okw- in Indo-European roots.
- in·ocˈu·laˌtive adjective
- in·ocˈu·laˌtor noun
inoculate - Medical Definition
- 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.
- inoculative adjective