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inoculate

Pronunciation: in-ok'yu-lat

Definition:

  1. To introduce the agent of a disease or other antigenic material into the subcutaneous tissue or a blood vessel, or through an abraded or absorbing surface for preventive, curative, or experimental purposes.
  2. To implant microorganisms or infectious material into or upon culture media.
  3. To communicate a disease by transferring its virus.
  4. That which is introduced or implanted.

[L. inoculo, pp. -atus, to ingraft]

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