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in·oc·u·late

 (ĭ-nŏk′yə-lāt′)
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.inoculator - a medical practitioner who inoculates people against diseasesinoculator - a medical practitioner who inoculates people against diseases
medical man, medical practitioner - someone who practices medicine
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Agar dilution method was used for the determination of MICs of MGO, using a multi-point inoculator.
Bacterial suspensions were obtained by inoculation with 10[sup]4 CFU of each bacterium via a multipoint inoculator.
To ensure even distribution of conidia, Petri plates were individually inoculated using a hand-held inoculator maintaining a conidial density of 20-50 spores/mm2.
The Smiler features five mind manipulations: The Inoculator, The Tickler, The Flasher, The Giggler and The Hypnotiser.
The Smiler will marmalise your body and mind, combining plunging drops and extreme turns with five mental manipulations: The Inoculator, The Tickler, The Flasher, The Giggler and The Hypnotiser.
The Smiler, the theme park's biggest ever investment for a ride, will feature plunging drops of 30m and a track length three times as long as Oblivion, It will feature five mind manipulations: The Inoculator, The Tickler, The Flasher, The Giggler and The Hypnotiser to provide a complete physical and mental assault on riders.
The Malian inoculator pretended to give him a shot.
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Therefore, an active--immobilized nitrifying inoculator was generated inside a 10 L continuous airlift bioreactor (Seo et al, 2001; Gutierrez, 2008).
Ten microlitre of the bacte rial suspension (1x104 cfu) was spotted on GC agar (Oxoid Ltd, Basingstoke, Hampshaire, UK) plates as recommended by the WHO, containing two-fold serial dilution of antimicrobial agents using a multipoint inoculator (Mast Diagnostic Ltd.