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Inoculum

Definition
noun, plural
(1) Cells used in an inoculation, such as cells added to start a culture.
(2) A biological material (like a virus or toxin or immune serum) that is injected into a human to induce or increase immunity to a particular disease.
Supplement
Word origin: New Latin, from Latin inoculāre, to graft a scion.
Synonym: inoculant.

See also: inoculation.


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