vaccination

[ vak-suh-ney-shuh n ]
/ ˌvæk səˈneɪ ʃən /

noun Medicine/Medical.

the act or practice of vaccinating; inoculation with vaccine.

Origin of vaccination

1800–10; vaccine (adj.) + -ation
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British Dictionary definitions for vaccination

vaccination

/ (ˌvæksɪˈneɪʃən) /

noun

the act of vaccinating
the scar left following inoculation with a vaccine
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Word Origin and History for vaccination

vaccination


n.

1803, used by British physician Edward Jenner (1749-1823) for the technique he devised of preventing smallpox by injecting people with the cowpox virus (variolae vaccinae), from vaccine (adj.) "pertaining to cows, from cows" (1798), from Latin vaccinus "from cows," from vacca "cow" (bos being originally "ox," "a loan word from a rural dialect" according to Buck, who cites Umbrian bue). "The use of the term for diseases other than smallpox is due to Pasteur" [OED].

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Medicine definitions for vaccination

vaccination

[ văk′sə-nāshən ]

n.

Inoculation with a vaccine in order to protect against a particular disease.
A scar left on the skin by vaccinating.
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Science definitions for vaccination

vaccination

[ văk′sə-nāshən ]

Inoculation with a vaccine in order to protect against a particular disease.
A scar left on the skin by vaccinating.
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Culture definitions for vaccination

vaccination

[ (vak-suh-nay-shuhn) ]

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

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