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/ˈpæstəˌrɪzəm; -stjə-; ˈpɑː-/
noun (med)
a method of securing immunity from rabies in a person who has been bitten by a rabid animal, by daily injections of progressively more virulent suspensions of the infected spinal cord of a rabbit that died of rabies
a similar method of treating patients with other viral infections by the serial injection of progressively more virulent suspensions of the causative virus
Also called Pasteur treatment
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