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Inoculate

/iˈnäkyəˌlāt/ Verb 1. To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease. (wiktionary.org) 2. 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 (thefreedictionary.com); treat (a person or animal) with a vaccine to produce immunity against a disease. (Google Dictionary) 3. To safeguard or protect something as if by inoculation. (wiktionary.org) 4. To implant microorganisms or infectious material into (a culture medium). (thefreedictionary.com) 5. To add one substance to another. To spike. (wiktionary.org) 6. To graft by inserting buds. (wiktionary.org) Word origin: From Latin inoculatus, past participle of inoculare “graft in, implant,” from in- “in” + oculus “bud,” originally...

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Inoculation

/iˌnäkyəˈlāSHən/ Noun, pl. inoculations (Immunology) 1. The placement of something that will grow or reproduce, and is most commonly used in respect of the introduction of a serum, vaccine, or antigenic substance into the body of a human or animal, especially to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease. (wikipedia.org) 2. The introduction of a microorganism into a culture medium. (wiktionary.org) 3. The process of introducing an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to trigger immune response against a specific disease. (biology-online.org) 4. The action of inoculating or of being inoculated; vaccination (Google Dictionary); taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease (wordnetweb.princeton.edu). (Microbiology) 1. Refers to the communication of a disease to a living organism by transferring its causative agent into the organism, the implanting of microorganisms or infectious material into a culture medium such as a brewers vat or a petri dish, or the placement of microorganisms or viruses at a site where infection is possible. (wikipedia.org) 2. The introduction of an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease (wiktionary.org) 3. The act of introducing microorganism or suspension of microorganisms (e.g. bacteria) into a culture medium. (biology-online.org) Word origin: From Latin inoculationem (nominative inoculatio) “an engrafting, budding,” noun of action from past participle stem of...

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