Definition of inoculum in English:

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inoculum

Pronunciation: /iˈnäkyələm/

noun (plural inocula /-lə/)

Medicine
A substance used for inoculation.
Example sentences
  • The inoculum used for medical device applications is typically Bacillus spores.
  • The inoculum was injected slowly into the bladder to avoid leakage and the catheter was withdrawn carefully.
  • About 20 percent of cases of this disorder occur in otherwise healthy persons who have received a heavy inoculum.

Origin

Early 20th century: modern Latin, from Latin inoculare (see inoculate), on the pattern of the pair coagulate, coagulum.

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Syllabification: in·oc·u·lum

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