inoculate


in·oc·u·late

verb \i-ˈnä-kyə-ˌlāt\

medical : to give (a person or animal) a weakened form of a disease in order to prevent infection by the disease

in·oc·u·lat·edin·oc·u·lat·ing

Full Definition of INOCULATE

transitive verb
1
a :  to introduce a microorganism into <inoculate mice with anthrax> <beans inoculated with nitrogen-fixing bacteria>
b :  to introduce (as a microorganism) into a suitable situation for growth
c :  to introduce immunologically active material (as an antibody or antigen) into especially in order to treat or prevent a disease <inoculate children against diphtheria>
2
:  to introduce something into the mind of
3
:  to protect as if by inoculation
in·oc·u·la·tive \-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective
in·oc·u·la·tor \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of INOCULATE

  1. <inoculated them with the idea that the individual can always make a difference in this world>

Origin of INOCULATE

Middle English, to insert a bud in a plant, from Latin inoculatus, past participle of inoculare, from in- + oculus eye, bud — more at eye
First Known Use: 1721

Other Microbiology Terms

pathogen, salmonella, tetanus

in·oc·u·late

verb \in-ˈäk-yə-ˌlāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
in·oc·u·lat·edin·oc·u·lat·ing

Medical Definition of INOCULATE

transitive verb
1
: to communicate a disease to (an organism) by inserting its causative agent into the body <12 mice inoculated with anthrax>
2
a : to introduce microorganisms or viruses onto or into (an organism, substrate, or culture medium) <inoculated a rat with bacteria> b : to introduce (as a microorganism or antiserum) into an organism or onto a culture medium <inoculate a pure culture of bacteria into a healthy host>
3
: to introduce immunologically active material (as an antibody or antigen) into especially in order to treat or prevent a disease <inoculate children against diphtheria>
intransitive verb
: to introduce microorganisms, vaccines, or sera by inoculation

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