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[ih-nok-yuh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. the act or process of inoculating.
  2. an instance of inoculating.
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Origin of inoculation

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin inoculātiōn- (stem of inoculātiō) an engrafting. See inoculate, -ion
Related formsnon·in·oc·u·la·tion, nounpost·in·oc·u·la·tion, adjectivere·in·oc·u·la·tion, nounself-in·oc·u·la·tion, noun
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Related Words for inoculation

vaccination, injection, shot, prevention

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Word Origin and History for inoculation


mid-15c. in horticulture; 1714 in pathology, from Latin inoculationem (nominative inoculatio) "an engrafting, budding," noun of action from past participle stem of inoculare (see inoculate).

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inoculation in Medicine


  1. The act or an instance of inoculating, especially the introduction of an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.
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inoculation in Science


  1. The introduction of a serum, a vaccine, or an antigenic substance into the body of a person or an animal, especially as a means to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease.
  2. The introduction of a microorganism or an agent of disease into an host organism or a growth medium.
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inoculation in Culture



The introduction of an antigen into the body, usually by injection, in order to stimulate the production of antibodies to produce immunity to an infectious disease. (See immunization.)

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