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inoculation

[ih-nok-yuh-ley-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act or process of inoculating.
  2. an instance of inoculating.
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Origin of inoculation

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin inoculātiōn- (stem of inoculātiō) an engrafting. See inoculate, -ion
Related formsnon·in·oc·u·la·tion, nounpost·in·oc·u·la·tion, adjectivere·in·oc·u·la·tion, nounself-in·oc·u·la·tion, noun
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inoculation

n.

mid-15c. in horticulture; 1714 in pathology, from Latin inoculationem (nominative inoculatio) "an engrafting, budding," noun of action from past participle stem of inoculare (see inoculate).

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inoculations in Medicine

inoculation

(ĭ-nŏk′yə-lāshən)
n.
  1. The act or an instance of inoculating, especially the introduction of an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.
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inoculations in Science

inoculation

[ĭ-nŏk′yə-lāshən]
  1. The introduction of a serum, a vaccine, or an antigenic substance into the body of a person or an animal, especially as a means to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease.
  2. The introduction of a microorganism or an agent of disease into an host organism or a growth medium.
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inoculations in Culture

inoculation

[(i-nok-yuh-lay-shuhn)]

The introduction of an antigen into the body, usually by injection, in order to stimulate the production of antibodies to produce immunity to an infectious disease. (See immunization.)

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