Inoculate

Definition of Inoculate

In`oc´u`late
v. t.1.To bud; to insert, or graft, as the bud of a tree or plant in another tree or plant.
[imp. & p. p. Inoculated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Inoculating .]
2.To insert a foreign bud into; as, to inoculate a tree.
3.(Med.) To communicate a disease to (a person) by inserting infectious matter in the skin or flesh, especially as a means of inducing immunological resistance to that or related diseases; as, to inoculate a person with the virus of smallpox, rabies, etc. See Vaccinate.
4.Fig.: To introduce into the mind; - used especially of harmful ideas or principles; to imbue; as, to inoculate one with treason or infidelity.
5.(Microbiology) To introduce microorganisms into (a growth medium), to cause the growth and multiplication of the microorganisms; as, to inoculate a fermentation vat with an actinomycete culture in order to produce streptomycin.
v. i.1.To graft by inserting buds.
2.To communicate disease by inoculation.

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