inoculation

[ ih-nok-yuh-ley-shuhn ]
/ ɪˌnɒk yəˈleɪ ʃən /

noun

the act or process of inoculating.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM inoculation

non·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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Medical definitions for inoculation

inoculation
[ ĭ-nŏk′yə-lāshən ]

n.

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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Scientific definitions for inoculation

inoculation
[ ĭ-nŏk′yə-lāshən ]

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.
The introduction of a microorganism or an agent of disease into an host organism or a growth medium.

Other words from inoculation

inoculate verb
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Cultural definitions for inoculation

inoculation
[ (i-nok-yuh-lay-shuhn) ]

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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