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inoculate (someone) with (something)

To vaccinate someone so that they become immune to a particular disease (named after "with"). The kids have been inoculated against measles, mumps, and rubella with the MMR vaccine.
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inoculate against (something)

To vaccinate someone so that they become immune to a particular disease (named after "against"). A noun or pronoun can be used between "inoculate" and "against." No, I never had chicken pox as a kid, so I've been inoculated against it. The MMR vaccine inoculates children against measles, mumps, and rubella.
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inoculate someone against something

to immunize someone against a disease. We need to inoculate all the children against whooping cough. Have you been inoculated against measles?
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inoculate someone with something

to use a particular substance in immunizing someone against a disease. Donna inoculated Richard and Nancy with yellow fever vaccine for their trip. She also inoculated Sam with something to prevent malaria.
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For example, countries whose first priority is reducing sickness and death may choose to focus on inoculating the elderly and chronically ill first, while those countries whose priority is reducing the spread of infection may decide to inoculate schoolchildren first, she said.
Additionally, in-mold inoculation will increase the consistency of the inoculating process for each mold, which would reduce microstructure differences between castings.
Muehlbauer and Borisov think this system can be improved by inoculating peas with both the bacteria and the fungi.
Health departments in Kansas City, Mo., Topeka and Kansas City, Kan., began inoculating hospital and public health workers against smallpox this week.
By inoculating oak logs with mushroom spores, the company has created an unusual business producing an array of exotic organic mushrooms, and this autumn will see its first major crop.
(Those infected between ages five and 14 have the lowest mortality rate.) With the bulk of its army thus rendered naturally immune, the British did not need to worry about either seizing smallpox-infested towns or inoculating the small percentage of its forces not infected as children.
New York City began inoculating its hardwoods this spring to try to combat further infestation of Asian long-horned beetles.
In 1713, in fact, the English poet Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), whose husband was a British ambassador to Turkey and who accompanied him there, brought back the news that in Turkey they were actually inoculating people with pus from the pustules of people with mild case, to make sure that the inoculated person would get it.
This preparation was tested for presence of bacterial and viral contamination in 21-day old chicks and also by inoculating on culture media.
AMF inoculating tomato seedlings did not promote significant seedling growth but positively affected growth and development resulting in higher biomass dry weight and root/shoot ratio with beneficial implications for tomato growth and yield.
Approximately three times per year, for reasons I cannot explain, my S.agalactiae will show positive on the first plate inoculating directly from the swab.
Due to improved solution characteristics in iron, trace inoculating elements are distributed more uniformly and reliably.
It had been three-quarters of a century since Jenner had successfully prevented smallpox by inoculating people with cowpox, a much milder disease that conferred immunity to the more serious one (see 1796).
But the pair quickly found that within three minutes of inoculating wooden boards with cultures of common food-poisoning agents -- up to 10,000 cells of Salmonella, Listeria, or Escherichia coli99.9 percent of the bacteria were unrecoverable and presumed dead.