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innervate

[ih-nur-veyt, in-er-veyt] /ɪˈnɜr veɪt, ˈɪn ərˌveɪt/
verb (used with object), innervated, innervating.
1.
to communicate nervous energy to; stimulate through nerves.
2.
to furnish with nerves; grow nerves into.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; in-2 + nerve + -ate1
Can be confused
energize, enervate, innervate, invigorate.
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British Dictionary definitions for innervate

innervate

/ˈɪnɜːˌveɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to supply nerves to (a bodily organ or part)
2.
to stimulate (a bodily organ or part) with nerve impulses
Derived Forms
innervation, noun
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Word Origin and History for innervate
v.

1870, from in- (2) "in" + Latin nervus (see nerve) + -ate. Probably rather a back-formation from innervation (1832). Related: Innervated. Innervation in psychology is from 1880.

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innervate in Medicine

innervate in·ner·vate (ĭ-nûr'vāt', ĭn'ər-)
v. in·ner·vat·ed, in·ner·vat·ing, in·ner·vates

  1. To supply an organ or a body part with nerves.

  2. To stimulate a nerve, muscle, or body part to action.

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