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[im-yuh-nuh-zey-shuh n, ih-myoo-]
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  1. the fact or process of becoming immune, as against a disease.
  2. Finance. a method of protection against fluctuating bond interest rates by investing in securities having different yields and terms.
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Origin of immunization

First recorded in 1890–95; immunize + -ation
Related formshy·per·im·mu·ni·za·tion, nounnon·im·mu·ni·za·tion, noun
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1893, from immunize + -ation.

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immunization in Science


  1. The process of inducing immunity to an infectious organism or agent in an individual or animal through vaccination.
  2. A vaccination that induces immunity. A recommended schedule of immunizations for infants and young children includes vaccines against diphtheria, polio, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella.
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Related formsimmunize verb
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immunization in Culture


The process of inducing immunity, usually through inoculation or vaccination.

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Frequently, schoolchildren are required by state law to be immunized against certain diseases. Because of such widespread immunization, many diseases that used to be fairly common, including smallpox, tetanus, and whooping cough, have become rare.
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