[sawk, sawlk]


Jonas E(dward),1914–95, U.S. bacteriologist: developed Salk vaccine. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • If it worked out, he'd be one of the great names in medicine; like Jenner, Pasteur, and Salk.


    Jesse Franklin Bone

British Dictionary definitions for salk



Jonas Edward. 1914–95, US virologist: developed an injected vaccine against poliomyelitis (1954)
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Word Origin and History for salk


in reference to vaccine against poliomyelitis, 1954, from U.S. virologist Jonas Edward Salk (1914-1995), who developed it.

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salk in Medicine


[sôlk]Jonas 1914-1995

American microbiologist who developed (1954) the first effective killed-virus vaccine against polio.
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salk in Science


[sôlk]Jonas Edward 1914-1995

American microbiologist who in 1954 developed the first effective vaccine against polio, using an inactivated form of the virus. Salk's vaccine, which was administered by injection, was widely used until 1959 when Albert Sabin introduced an orally administered vaccine derived from a live form of the virus.
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