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Word of the Day 10/30/16 Inoculate

Inoculate (verb)
in·oc·u·late [ih-nok-yuh-leyt]
(previously 02-06-13)

verb (used with object), inoculated, inoculating.
1. to implant (a disease agent or antigen) in a person, animal, or plant to produce a disease for study or to stimulate disease resistance.
2. to affect or treat (a person, animal, or plant) in this manner.
3. to introduce (microorganisms) into surroundings suited to their growth, as a culture medium.
4. to imbue (a person), as with ideas.
5. Metallurgy. to treat (molten metal) chemically to strengthen the microstructure.

verb (used without object), inoculated, inoculating.
6. to perform inoculation.

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4. indoctrinate, infuse.

Origin: 1400-50; late Middle English < Latin inoculātus past participle of inoculāre to graft by budding, implant, equivalent to in- in-2 + -oculā- (stem of -oculāre to graft, derivative of oculus eye, bud) + -tus past participle suffix


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