Definition of innervate in English:


transitive verb

[with object]Anatomy Zoology
  • Supply (an organ or other body part) with nerves.

    ‘This diurnal variation in melatonin synthesis is brought about by norepinephrine secreted by the postganglionic sympathetic nerves that innervate the pineal gland.’
    • ‘The greater superficial petrosal nerve carries the preganglionic parasympathetic fibres from the facial nerve to eventually innervate the lacrimal glands.’
    • ‘Autonomic and somatic nerves innervate the penis.’
    • ‘The hypoglossal and glossopharyngeal nerves innervate pharyngeal dilator muscles.’
    • ‘The pudendal nerve innervates the few striated muscles within the prostatic capsule.’



/iˈnərvāt/ /ɪˈnərveɪt/ /ˈinərˌvāt/ /ˈɪnərˌveɪt/


Late 19th century from in-‘into’ + nerve+ -ate.