inoculate

[c]/ɪˈnɒkjəleɪt/ (say i'nokyuhlayt)

verb (inoculated, inoculating)
verb (t)
1. to implant (a disease) in a person or animal by the introduction of germs or virus, as through a puncture, in order to produce a mild form of the disease and thus secure immunity.
2. to impregnate (a person or animal) thus.
3. to introduce (microorganisms) into surroundings suited to their growth, especially into the body.
4. to imbue (a person, etc.), as with ideas.
5. Agriculture to introduce rhizobium bacteria to a seed before sowing, to promote germination and growth.
verb (i)
6. to perform inoculation.
noun
7. a substance to be inoculated.
{late Middle English, from Latin inoculātus, past participle, grafted, implanted}
inoculative, adjective
inoculator, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Inoculate — In*oc u*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inoculated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inoculating}.] [L. inoculatus, p. p. of inoculare to ingraft; pref. in in, on + oculare to furnish with eyes, fr. oculus an eye, also, a bud. See {Ocular}.] 1. To bud; to insert, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inoculate — (v.) mid 15c., implant a bud into a plant, from L. inoculatus, pp. of inoculare graft in, implant, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + oculus bud, originally eye (see EYE (Cf. eye) (n.)). Meaning implant germs of a disease to produce …   Etymology dictionary

  • Inoculate — In*oc u*late, v. i. 1. To graft by inserting buds. [1913 Webster] 2. To communicate disease by inoculation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inoculate — index inject, protect Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • inoculate — *infuse, imbue, ingrain, leaven, suffuse Analogous words: impregnate, saturate, impenetrate, interpenetrate, *permeate, pervade: introduce, admit, *enter: instill, inculcate, *implant …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inoculate — meaning ‘to inject with a vaccine’, is spelt with one n. See also vaccinate …   Modern English usage

  • inoculate — ► VERB 1) another term for VACCINATE(Cf. ↑vaccination). 2) introduce (cells or organisms) into a culture medium. DERIVATIVES inoculable adjective inoculation noun inoculator noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • inoculate — [i näk′yə lāt΄] vt. inoculated, inoculating [ME enoculaten < L inoculatus, pp. of inoculare, to engraft a bud in another plant < in , in + oculus, a bud, EYE] 1. a) to inject a serum, vaccine, etc. into (a living organism), esp. in order to …   English World dictionary

  • inoculate — v. (D; tr.) to inoculate against (to inoculate a dog against rabies) * * * [ɪ nɒkjʊleɪt] (D; tr.) to inoculate against (to inoculate a dog against rabies) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • inoculate — UK [ɪˈnɒkjʊleɪt] / US [ɪˈnɑkjəˌleɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms inoculate : present tense I/you/we/they inoculate he/she/it inoculates present participle inoculating past tense inoculated past participle inoculated medical to protect someone… …   English dictionary

  • inoculate — transitive verb ( lated; lating) Etymology: Middle English, to insert a bud in a plant, from Latin inoculatus, past participle of inoculare, from in + oculus eye, bud more at eye Date: 1721 1. a. to introduce a microorganism into < inoculate mice …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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