[ vak-suh-ney-shuhn ]
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  1. the act or practice of vaccinating; inoculation with a vaccine.

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Origin of vaccination

First recorded in 1800–10; vaccine + -ation

Other words from vaccination

  • an·ti·vac·ci·na·tion, adjective
  • non·vac·ci·na·tion, noun
  • post·vac·ci·na·tion, adjective
  • pre·vac·ci·na·tion, noun
  • pro·vac·ci·na·tion, adjective
  • re·vac·ci·na·tion, noun

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How to use vaccination in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vaccination


/ (ˌvæksɪˈneɪʃən) /

  1. the act of vaccinating

  2. the scar left following inoculation with a vaccine

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Scientific definitions for vaccination


[ văk′sə-nāshən ]

  1. Inoculation with a vaccine in order to protect against a particular disease.

  2. A scar left on the skin by vaccinating.

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Cultural definitions for vaccination


[ (vak-suh-nay-shuhn) ]

Inoculation with a vaccine to produce immunity to a particular infectious disease.

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