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tr.v. in·oc·u·lat·ed, in·oc·u·lat·ing, in·oc·u·lates
1. 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.
2. To communicate a disease to (a living organism) by transferring its causative agent into the organism.
3. To implant microorganisms or infectious material into (a culture medium).
4. To safeguard as if by inoculation; protect: "A lapsed idealist, [she] has been inoculated against life's disappointments by her own skepticism" (John Lahr).
5. To introduce an idea or attitude into the mind of: "Young people ... are inoculated with the fervor, and are heard about the streets, singing the temperance songs" (Walt Whitman).

[Middle English inoculaten, to graft a scion, from Latin inoculāre, inoculāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + oculus, eye, bud; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]

in·oc′u·la′tive adj.
in·oc′u·la′tor n.
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Noun1.inoculating - the act of protecting against disease by introducing a vaccine into the body to induce immunityinoculating - the act of protecting against disease by introducing a vaccine into the body to induce immunity; "doctors examined the recruits but nurses did the inoculating"
protection - the activity of protecting someone or something; "the witnesses demanded police protection"
ring vaccination - administering vaccine only to people in close contact with an isolated infected patient; prevents the spread of a highly infectious disease by surrounding the patient with a ring of immunization
variolation, variolization - the obsolete process of inoculating a susceptible person with material taken from a vesicle of a person who has smallpox
References in classic literature ?
They have never succeeded in inoculating it on one man from another.
However, no denial case has been registered from Chitral, Boneer, Butt Garam, Shangla and Kohat whereas 5000 parents in Bannu, 4719 in Sawabi, 2800 in Laki Marwat, 1980 in Nowshehra, 1500 in Charsada, 704 in Dera Ismail Khan, 610 in Kohat, 510 in Mardan, 502 in Tank, 336 in Hangu, 68 in Abbottabad, 37 in Haripur, 35 in Mansehra, 10 in Malakand, 9 in Swat and two in Deer upper remained obstinate on not inoculating the polio drops to their children.
They applied coating solutions to the surface of roasted turkey before and after inoculating it with five-strain cocktails of S.
Warwickshire Wildlife are inoculating their badgers, why can't the farmers inoculate their cows?
They applied coating solutions to the surface of the roasted turkey before and after inoculating samples with five-strain cocktails of S.
The system does not require needles to inoculate or subculture the test tubes, eliminating the risk of needlestick injuries while inoculating tubes or working up positive cultures.
Health care workers should be the top priority to receive immunization with the pandemic influenza vaccine, and individual countries should take their nations' domestic needs into account when determining how to prioritize inoculating subgroups vulnerable to the virus, a top international health panel has decided.
The virus inocula were titrated in LLC-MK2 cells after inoculating birds.
Inoculating hosts with more planidia may increase the number of pupae and reduce the cost associated with host rearing, but superparasitism should be avoided to minimize consequences associated with production of pupae and adults with reduced fitness.