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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
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They have never succeeded in inoculating it on one man from another.
According to a spokesman of the livestock department, the teams of livestock department were checking animals in cattle markets and at the special points established for sale of slaughtering animals and conducting spray as well as inoculating the animals against ticks besides pasting clearance stickers on them.
Therefore, the practice of inoculating seed prior to sowing berseem clover crops in Pakistan offers a cheap and easy method of increasing the productive potential of the forage crop and therefore the profitability of the low input farming systems in which berseem clover dominates winter forage production.
Munir Ahmad visited Mianwali and Attok districts to review the arrangements at the Kit Camps and to monitor the performance of the skilled workers teams inoculating the children.
Health Department vaccinators achieved 111 per cent the success rate by inoculating 3.71 million children against the target of 3.34 million in the age group of six months to seven years, Health Services Director-General Dr Munir Ahmad said on Wednesday.
This phenomenon has already been observed in other studies, while inoculating peach palm stems, with injury (COSTA JUNIOR, 2013).
WHO recommended inoculating a populace if the prevalence of dengue infection was over 70 percent.
Iloilo City - Pediatricians from Western Visayas will meet officials of Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of the Dengvaxia vaccine to discuss possible health risks in inoculating children.
We attempted virus propagation by inoculating VeroE6 cells with the media used to resuspend nasal and throat swab particulates and checking for the development of MERS-CoV cytopathic effect.
Inoculating seeds and seedlings with Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) is an alternative option to reduce salt stress effects in crop plants (Dixon et al., 1993).
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.