inoculate (inoculates, present participle inoculating; past and past participle inoculated)
- (transitive, immunology) To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into something (e.g. the body) or someone, such as to produce immunity to a specific disease. [from c. 1722]
- (transitive, by extension) To safeguard or protect something as if by inoculation.
- To add one substance to another; to spike.
- The culture medium was inoculated with selenium to investigate the rate of uptake.
- To graft by inserting buds. [from c. 1420]
- to inoculate the bud of one tree or plant into another
- to inoculate a tree
- (figurative) To introduce into the mind (used especially of harmful ideas or principles); to imbue; to implant. [from a. 1600]
- to inoculate someone with treason or infidelity