Definition of Inoculum

1. Noun. A substance (a virus or toxin or immune serum) that is introduced into the body to produce or increase immunity to a particular disease.

Exact synonyms: Inoculant
Generic synonyms: Substance
Category relationships: Virus
Derivative terms: Inoculate



Definition of Inoculum

1. Noun. The active material used in an inoculation; an inoculant ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Inoculum

1. the material used in an inoculation [n -LA or -LUMS]

Medical Definition of Inoculum

1. Cells added to start a culture or, in the case of viruses, viruses added to infect a culture of cells. Also for biological material injected into a human to induce immunity (a vaccine). This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inoculum

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inoculability
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inoculations
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inoculum (current term)
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inofficial

Literary usage of Inoculum

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1. The Elements of Bacteriological Technique: A Laboratory Guide for the by John William Henry Eyre (1902)
"Allow the fluid inoculum to run into the lungs by gravity, or blow in the powdered inoculum by means of a rubber-ball bellows. 5. ..."

2. Biologic Specialization in the Genus Septoria by Walter Spurgeion Beach (1919)
"Effect of the mass of inoculum. The effect of varying the concentration of the spore suspension was tested. One hundred areas upon Erigeron annuus ..."

3. Management Guide for Low-Input Sustainable Apple Production by Lorraine P. Berkett (1994)
"'Mclntosh' Phenological Stage Figure 27: Scab inoculum levels help to ... The amount of overwintering inoculum in the orchard determines the height of the ..."

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