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 graft, as the bud of a tree or plant in another tree or plant. [1913 Webster]

2. To insert a foreign bud into; as, to inoculate a tree. [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) To communicate a disease to (a person) by inserting infectious matter in the skin or flesh, especially as a means of inducing immunological resistance to that or related diseases; as, to inoculate a person with the virus of smallpox, rabies, etc. See {Vaccinate}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

4. Fig.: To introduce into the mind; -- used especially of harmful ideas or principles; to imbue; as, to inoculate one with treason or infidelity. [1913 Webster]

5. (Microbiology) To introduce microorganisms into (a growth medium), to cause the growth and multiplication of the microorganisms; as, to inoculate a fermentation vat with an actinomycete culture in order to produce streptomycin. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • 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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