Inoculate Definition

inoculated, inoculates, inoculating
inoculated, inoculates, inoculating
To inject a serum, vaccine, etc. into (a living organism), esp. in order to create immunity.
Webster's New World
To communicate (a disease) in this way.
Webster's New World
To put or implant microorganisms into (soil, a culture medium, etc.) to develop a culture, stimulate growth, fix nitrogen, etc.
Webster's New World
To safeguard as if by inoculation; protect.
American Heritage
To introduce ideas, etc. into the mind of; imbue.
Webster's New World

Origin of Inoculate

  • From Middle English inoculate, from Latin inoculātus, perfect passive participle of inoculō (“ingraft an eye or bud of one plant into (another), implant”), from in (“in”) + oculus (“an eye”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English inoculaten to graft a scion from Latin inoculāre inoculāt- in- in in–2 oculus eye, bud okw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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