in·​ner·​vate | \ i-ˈnər-ˌvāt How to pronounce innervate (audio) , ˈi-(ˌ)nər- \
innervated; innervating

Definition of innervate

transitive verb

: to supply with nerves

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innervation \ ˌi-​(ˌ)nər-​ˈvā-​shən How to pronounce innervation (audio) , i-​ˌnər-​ \ noun

Examples of innervate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of balling up, the nerves innervated the muscle tissue, which greatly amplified their electrical signal. Matt Simon, Wired, "A Deft Robotic Hand That’d Make Luke Skywalker Proud," 4 Mar. 2020 Based on experiments in rodents, Moskowitz believes CSD can trigger migraines by irritating a network of neurons, the trigeminovascular system, which innervates cerebral blood vessels. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Will antibodies finally put an end to migraines?," 18 May 2018 There, nerves that once commanded her hand and forearm—remnants of her amputation—now innervate her biceps and triceps muscles. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Researchers Restore “Feeling” to Lost Limbs—Kinda," 14 Mar. 2018 Every digital experience can and should be controlled by the neurons which deliver the output of your thoughts, those neurons which directly innervate your muscles. Tim O'reilly, The Atlantic, "What Will Our Lives Be Like as Cyborgs?," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of innervate

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Innervate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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transitive verb
in·​ner·​vate | \ in-ˈər-ˌvāt, ˈin-(ˌ)ər- How to pronounce innervate (audio) \
innervated; innervating

Medical Definition of innervate

1 : to supply with nerves
2 : to arouse or stimulate (a nerve or an organ) to activity

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