from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To communicate a disease to (a living organism) by transferring its causative agent into the organism.
- transitive v. To implant microorganisms or infectious material into (a culture medium).
- transitive v. To safeguard as if by inoculation; protect.
- transitive v. To introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.
- v. To safeguard or protect something as if by inoculation.
- v. To add one substance to another. To spike
- v. To graft by inserting buds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To bud; to insert, or graft, as the bud of a tree or plant in another tree or plant.
- transitive v. To insert a foreign bud into.
- transitive v. 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; See Vaccinate.
- transitive v. Fig.: To introduce into the mind; -- used especially of harmful ideas or principles; to imbue.
- transitive v. To introduce microorganisms into (a growth medium), to cause the growth and multiplication of the microorganisms.
- intransitive v. To graft by inserting buds.
- intransitive v. To communicate disease by inoculation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To graft by budding; insert a bud or germ in, as a tree or plant, for propagation.
- Hence To introduce a foreign germ or element into; specifically, to impregnate with disease by the insertion of virus; treat by inoculation for the purpose of protecting from a more malignant form of the disease: as, to inoculate a person for the smallpox: often used figuratively.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. introduce a microorganism into
- v. perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation
- v. impregnate with the virus or germ of a disease in order to render immune
- v. insert a bud for propagation
- v. introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of
Middle English inoculaten, to graft a scion, from Latin inoculāre, inoculāt- : in-, in, + oculus, eye, bud;.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English inoculate, from Latin inoculātus, perfect passive participle of inoculō ("ingraft an eye or bud of one plant into (another), implant"), from in ("in") + oculus ("an eye"). (Wiktionary)