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Medical Dictionary

inoculate

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verb in·oc·u·late \in-ˈäk-yə-ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of inoculate

inoculated; inoculating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to communicate a disease to (an organism) by inserting its causative agent into the body <12 mice inoculated with anthrax>

  4. 2a:  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>

  5. 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>

  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  to introduce microorganisms, vaccines, or sera by inoculation





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