inoculate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] medical 

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/ɪˈnɒkjʊleɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyinoculate
he/she/itinoculates
present participleinoculating
past tenseinoculated
past participleinoculated
  1. to protect someone against a particular disease by injecting a medicine containing a small amount of the disease into them, so that their body becomes immune to it
    inoculate someone against something:

    None of the family had been inoculated against diphtheria.

derived word

inoculation

 

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/ɪˌnɒkjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
noun [countable/uncountable]
singularinoculation
pluralinoculations