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[ih-nok-yuh-leyt] /ɪˈnɒk yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), inoculated, inoculating.
to implant (a disease agent or antigen) in a person, animal, or plant to produce a disease for study or to stimulate disease resistance.
to affect or treat (a person, animal, or plant) in this manner.
to introduce (microorganisms) into surroundings suited to their growth, as a culture medium.
to imbue (a person), as with ideas.
Metallurgy. to treat (molten metal) chemically to strengthen the microstructure.
verb (used without object), inoculated, inoculating.
to perform inoculation.
Origin of inoculate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin inoculātus past participle of inoculāre to graft by budding, implant, equivalent to in- in-2 + -oculā- (stem of -oculāre to graft, derivative of oculus eye, bud) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
[ih-nok-yuh-ley-tiv, -yuh-luh-] /ɪˈnɒk yəˌleɪ tɪv, -yə lə-/ (Show IPA),
inoculator, noun
noninoculative, adjective
reinoculate, verb, reinoculated, reinoculating.
self-inoculated, adjective
uninoculated, adjective
uninoculative, adjective
4. indoctrinate, infuse. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Out of this number 429 were inoculated; which, if the population be reckoned at 1000 exactly, left 571 uninoculated.

    Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget
  • Eventually they withered and dwindled and were in the end no different from the uninoculated grass.

  • One of the two uninoculated women died of plague two days after the boy, she having been in attendance upon him.

    Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget
  • At the end of May, he visited 89 houses, in 62 of which both inoculated and uninoculated were living together.

    Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget
  • Then came a period of more than a year, during which the uninoculated had 42 deaths, and the inoculated had one death.

    Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget
  • If this experiment had failed, the results, judged by the actual mortality among the uninoculated, would have been appalling.

    Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget
British Dictionary definitions for uninoculated


to introduce (the causative agent of a disease) into the body of (a person or animal), in order to induce immunity
(transitive) to introduce (microorganisms, esp bacteria) into (a culture medium)
(transitive) to cause to be influenced or imbued, as with ideas or opinions
Derived Forms
inoculation, noun
inoculative, adjective
inoculator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin inoculāre to implant, from in-² + oculus eye, bud
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Word Origin and History for uninoculated



mid-15c., "implant a bud into a plant," from Latin inoculatus, past participle of inoculare "graft in, implant," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + oculus "bud," originally "eye" (see eye (n.)). Meaning "implant germs of a disease to produce immunity" first recorded (in inoculation) 1714, originally in reference to smallpox. After 1799, often used in sense of "to vaccine inoculate." Related: Inoculated; inoculating.

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uninoculated in Medicine

inoculate in·oc·u·late (ĭ-nŏk'yə-lāt')
v. in·oc·u·lat·ed, in·oc·u·lat·ing, in·oc·u·lates

  1. 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.

  2. To implant microorganisms or infectious material into or on a culture medium.

  3. To communicate a disease to a living organism by transferring its causative agent into the organism.

in·oc'u·la'tive adj.
in·oc'u·la'tor n.
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