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[vak-suh-neyt] /ˈvæk səˌneɪt/ Medicine/Medical
verb (used with object), vaccinated, vaccinating.
to inoculate with the vaccine of cowpox so as to render the subject immune to smallpox.
to inoculate with the modified virus of any of various other diseases, as a preventive measure.
verb (used without object), vaccinated, vaccinating.
to perform or practice vaccination.
Origin of vaccinate
First recorded in 1800-10; back formation from vaccination
Related forms
prevaccinate, verb (used with object), prevaccinated, prevaccinating.
revaccinate, verb (used with object), revaccinated, revaccinating.
unvaccinated, adjective Unabridged
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to inoculate (a person) with a vaccine so as to produce immunity against a specific disease
Derived Forms
vaccinator, noun
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Word Origin and History for vaccinate

1803, back-formation from vaccination. Related: Vaccinated; vaccinating.

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vaccinate in Medicine

vaccinate vac·ci·nate (vāk'sə-nāt')
v. vac·ci·nat·ed, vac·ci·nat·ing, vac·ci·nates
To inoculate with a vaccine in order to produce immunity to an infectious disease such as diphtheria or typhus.

vac'ci·na'tor n.
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