Definition of "inoculate" [in•oc•u•late]

  • To introduce a serum, vaccine, or antigenic substance into (the body of a person or animal), especially to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease. (verb-transitive)
  • To communicate a disease to (a living organism) by transferring its causative agent into the organism. (verb-transitive)
  • To implant microorganisms or infectious material into (a culture medium). (verb-transitive)
  • To safeguard as if by inoculation; protect. (verb-transitive)
  • To introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inoculate" in a sentence
  • ""As long as the amount you inoculate is small, the spread to other organs is minimal, and the risk of systemic toxicity is almost zero.""
  • "Given the widespread use of medical metaphors in discussing anti-Semitism, Schary probably meant to use the word "inoculate" rather than "insulate.""
  • "And remember, one meaning of the word "inoculate" is "to give them eyes"."