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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
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For inoculating multiple isolates simultaneously, multi-point inoculator (Mast Diagnostics, England) was used.
This suspension was then spot inoculated onto MHA plates containing serial (two-fold) dilutions of vancomycin in duplicates from 0.03 to 32 mg/L via multipoint inoculator (MPI).
Bacterial suspensions were obtained by inoculation with 10[sup]4 CFU of each bacterium via a multipoint inoculator. All isolates were identified by standard methods used in clinical microbiology laboratories.
Punch your thumb inoculator down into the bag of spawn until the inoculator is full, situate the inoculator over a hole in one of the logs, and use your thumb to press a couple of times to release the spawn into the hole.
Inocula of [10.sup.4] colony forming units (CFU) were spotted ultimately with a multipoint inoculator (Steers Replicator).
The agar plates were spot inoculated with the multipoint inoculator using 3-mm pins to deliver 2.0 ul of inoculum to produce 5 to 7 mm spots (MAST Diagnostics, UK).
Duplicate plates of Mueller-Hinton agar containing 0, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 125, 250, 500, and 1,000 g/L of trimethoprim as the lactate were inoculated with dilutions of 18-hour nutrient broth cultures of each of trimethoprim-resistant isolates containing about 2 x [10.sup.5] CFUs/mL using a multipoint inoculator. Results were taken after 48 hours' incubation at 98.6[degrees]F (37[degrees]C).
An inoculator calibrated to 3.5 x 104*m[?]2 was used for uniform and effective inoculation (Azmat et al., 2012b).
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 features 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 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.