Definitions for inoculateɪˈnɒk yəˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•oc•u•lateɪˈnɒk yəˌleɪt(v.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to inject or implant (a vaccine, microorganism, antibody, or antigen) into the body in order to protect against, treat, or study a disease.

    Category: Immunology

  2. to affect or treat (a person, animal, or plant) in this manner.

    Category: Immunology

  3. to introduce (microorganisms) into surroundings suited to their growth, as a culture medium.

    Category: Laboratory Biology

  4. to imbue (a person), as with ideas; indoctrinate.

  5. (v.i.)to perform inoculation.

Origin of inoculate:

1400–50; late ME < L inoculāre to graft by budding implant =in-in-2+-oculāre to graft, der. of oculus eye, bud


Princeton's WordNet

  1. inoculate(verb)

    introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of

    "My teachers inoculated me with their beliefs"

  2. inoculate(verb)

    introduce a microorganism into

  3. immunize, immunise, inoculate, vaccinate(verb)

    perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation

    "We vaccinate against scarlet fever"; "The nurse vaccinated the children in the school"

  4. inoculate(verb)

    insert a bud for propagation

  5. inoculate(verb)

    impregnate with the virus or germ of a disease in order to render immune


  1. inoculate(Verb)

    To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.

  2. inoculate(Verb)

    To safeguard or protect something as if by inoculation.

  3. inoculate(Verb)

    To add one substance to another. To spike

    The culture medium was inoculated with selenium to investigate the rate of uptake.

  4. inoculate(Verb)

    To graft by inserting buds.

  5. Origin: From inoculate, from inoculatus, perfect passive participle of inoculo, from in + oculus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inoculate(verb)

    to bud; to insert, or graft, as the bud of a tree or plant in another tree or plant

  2. Inoculate(verb)

    to insert a foreign bud into; as, to inoculate a tree

  3. Inoculate(verb)

    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. Inoculate(verb)

    fig.: To introduce into the mind; -- used especially of harmful ideas or principles; to imbue; as, to inoculate one with treason or infidelity

  5. Inoculate(verb)

    to graft by inserting buds

  6. Inoculate(verb)

    to communicate disease by inoculation

Translations for inoculate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to give (a person etc) a mild form of a disease, usually by injecting germs into his body, so as to prevent him from catching a more serious form

Has he been inoculated against diphtheria?

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