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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Other Words from innervate

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Instead of balling up, the nerves innervated the muscle tissue, which greatly amplified their electrical signal. Matt Simon, Wired, 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, 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, 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, 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of innervate

1870, in the meaning defined above

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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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