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subunit vaccine

subunit vaccine in Medicine

subunit vaccine sub·u·nit vaccine (sŭb'yōō'nĭt)
A vaccine containing viral antigens made free of viral nucleic acid by chemical extraction and containing only minimal amounts of nonviral antigens derived from the culture medium; it is less likely to cause adverse reactions than a vaccine containing the whole virion.

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