|1.||to introduce (the causative agent of a disease) into the body of (a person or animal), in order to induce immunity|
|2.||(tr) to introduce (microorganisms, esp bacteria) into (a culture medium)|
|3.||(tr) to cause to be influenced or imbued, as with ideas or opinions|
|[C15: from Latin inoculāre to implant, from |
inoculate in·oc·u·late (ĭ-nŏk'yə-lāt')
v. in·oc·u·lat·ed, in·oc·u·lat·ing, in·oc·u·lates
To introduce a serum, a vaccine, or an antigenic substance into the body of a person or an animal, especially as a means to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease.
To implant microorganisms or infectious material into or on a culture medium.
To communicate a disease to a living organism by transferring its causative agent into the organism.
|inoculation (ĭ-nŏk'yə-lā'shən) Pronunciation Key