innervate (v.) Look up innervate at Dictionary.com
"stimulate through the nerves," 1870, a back-formation from innervation "sending of a stimulus through the nerves" (1828), which is perhaps modeled on French innervation; see in- (2) "in" + nerve (n.) + -ate. Related: Innervated. Innervation in psychology is from 1880, translated from German Innervationsgefühl.