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variolate

[vair-ee-uh-leyt, -lit]
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adjective Pathology.
  1. resembling smallpox, as a lesion.
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Origin of variolate

First recorded in 1785–95; variol(a) + -ate1
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Historical Examples

  • Variolate -ose: with large, rounded impressions like pock-marks.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith


British Dictionary definitions for variolate

variolate

verb
  1. (tr) to inoculate with the smallpox virus
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adjective
  1. marked or pitted with or as if with the scars of smallpox
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Derived Formsvariolation, variolization or variolisation, noun

Word Origin

C18: from variola
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variolate in Medicine

variolate

(vârē-ə-lāt′)
adj.
  1. Having pustules or pitted scars like those of smallpox.
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v.
  1. To inoculate with smallpox virus.
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