Definition of Inoculate

1. Verb. Introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of. "My teachers inoculated me with their beliefs"

Generic synonyms: Inform



2. Verb. Introduce a microorganism into.
Generic synonyms: Enclose, Inclose, Insert, Introduce, Put In, Stick In
Specialized synonyms: Seed

3. Verb. Perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation. "The nurse vaccinated the children in the school"

4. Verb. Insert a bud for propagation.
Generic synonyms: Propagate

5. Verb. Impregnate with the virus or germ of a disease in order to render immune.
Generic synonyms: Impregnate

Definition of Inoculate

1. v. t. To bud; to insert, or graft, as the bud of a tree or plant in another tree or plant.

2. v. i. To graft by inserting buds.

Definition of Inoculate

1. Verb. (transitive immunology) To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive by extension) To safeguard or protect something as if by inoculation. ¹

3. Verb. To add one substance to another. To spike ¹

4. Verb. To graft by inserting buds. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Inoculate

1. [v -LATED, -LATING, -LATES]

Medical Definition of Inoculate

1. 1. To graft by inserting buds. 2. To communicate disease by inoculation. 1. To bud; to insert, or graft, as the bud of a tree or plant in another tree or plant. 2. To insert a foreign bud into; as, to inoculate a tree. 3. To communicate a disease to (a person) by inserting infectious matter in the skin or flesh; as, to inoculate a person with the virus of smallpox,rabies, etc. See Vaccinate. 4. To introduce into the mind; used especially of harmful ideas or principles; to imbue; as, to inoculate one with treason or infidelity. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inoculate

inocarpin
inoccupancies
inoccupancy
inoccupation
inoceramus
inocubate
inocubated
inocubates
inocubating
inocula
inoculability
inoculable
inoculant
inoculants
inocular
inoculate (current term)
inoculated
inoculates
inoculating
inoculation
inoculations
inoculative
inoculator
inoculators
inoculum
inoculums
inode
inodes
inodiate
inodiated

Literary usage of Inoculate

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1. Historical Memoirs of My Own Time by Nathaniel William Wraxall (1815)
"... there to imbibe the principles of rebellion and Republicanism, with which they returned to inoculate France, and to subvert the throne. ..."

2. Outlines of the History of Medicine and the Medical Profession by Henry Ebenezer Handerson, Johann Hermann Baas (1889)
"He was one of the first in inoculate syphilitic pus upon the healthy for prophylactic purposes — certainly a bad beginning. Jos. ..."

3. The Russian Court in the Eighteenth Century by Joseph Fitzgerald Molloy (1906)
"... appearance and character—D'Alembert refuses to act as his director—An English doctor invited to Russia to inoculate for small-pox— His handsome fees. ..."

4. Annual Report by Ohio State Board of Agriculture (1908)
"Many of the farmers have found it necessary to inoculate. If you have tried alfalfa, it is my opinion, if you have a field with nodules on the roots and let ..."

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