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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of inoculare 'to attach a bud to a plant', from oculus 'eye, bud'

inoculate

verb
     
i‧noc‧u‧late [transitive]
MHMD to protect someone against a disease by putting a weak form of the disease into their body using a needle [↪ immunize, vaccinate]
inoculate somebody against something
All the children had been inoculated against hepatitis.
inoculation noun [uncountable and countable]

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