C15: from Latin inoculāre to implant, from in-2 + oculus eye, bud
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Wortformen:inoculates, inoculating, inoculated
To inoculate a person or animal means to inject a weak form of a disease into their body as a way of protecting them against the disease. [V n] ⇒ ...a program to inoculate every child in the state. [beV-ed + against] ⇒ His dogs were inoculated against rabies.
inoculation (ɪnɒkjʊleɪʃən)Wortformen:inoculationsvariable noun [+ of] ⇒ This may eventually lead to routine inoculation of children. ⇒ An inoculation against cholera is recommended. [Also + against]