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vaccination

[vak-suh-ney-shuh n]
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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. the act or practice of vaccinating; inoculation with vaccine.

Origin of vaccination

1800–10; vaccine (adj.) + -ation
Related formsan·ti·vac·ci·na·tion, adjectivenon·vac·ci·na·tion, nounpost·vac·ci·na·tion, adjectivepre·vac·ci·na·tion, nounpro·vac·ci·na·tion, adjectivere·vac·ci·na·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for vaccination

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Historical Examples

  • Vaccination in those days was by no means the universal custom that it now is.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The hope of eliminating the disease, however, comes rather in the use of vaccination.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • Since vaccination became the rule, however, there are very few cases.

  • Explain why vaccination will cure as well as prevent smallpox.

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson

  • Unexpected as it may seem, vaccination is not only a preventive of smallpox, but a cure for it.

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson


British Dictionary definitions for vaccination

vaccination

noun
  1. the act of vaccinating
  2. the scar left following inoculation with a vaccine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vaccination

n.

1803, used by British physician Edward Jenner (1749-1823) for the technique he devised of preventing smallpox by injecting people with the cowpox virus (variolae vaccinae), from vaccine (adj.) "pertaining to cows, from cows" (1798), from Latin vaccinus "from cows," from vacca "cow" (bos being originally "ox," "a loan word from a rural dialect" according to Buck, who cites Umbrian bue). "The use of the term for diseases other than smallpox is due to Pasteur" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vaccination in Medicine

vaccination

(văk′sə-nāshən)
n.
  1. Inoculation with a vaccine in order to protect against a particular disease.
  2. A scar left on the skin by vaccinating.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

vaccination in Science

vaccination

[văk′sə-nāshən]
  1. Inoculation with a vaccine in order to protect against a particular disease.
  2. A scar left on the skin by vaccinating.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

vaccination in Culture

vaccination

[(vak-suh-nay-shuhn)]

Inoculation with a vaccine to produce immunity to a particular infectious disease.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.