vaccinia

[vak-sin-ee-uh]
noun
  1. a variant of the cowpox virus that became established in vaccines derived from cowpox-inoculated humans.
  2. Pathology. an acute infection caused by inoculation with vaccinia virus as a prophylactic against smallpox, characterized by localized pustular eruptions.

Origin of vaccinia

From New Latin, dating back to 1800–10; see origin at vaccine, -ia
Related formsvac·cin·i·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vaccinia

Contemporary Examples of vaccinia

  • For example, vaccinia immune globulin, or VIG, is stored and ready for the next person who becomes ill from smallpox vaccine.

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Historical Examples of vaccinia


British Dictionary definitions for vaccinia

vaccinia

noun
  1. a technical name for cowpox
Derived Formsvaccinial, adjective

Word Origin for vaccinia

C19: New Latin, from Latin vaccīnus of cows
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vaccinia in Medicine

vaccinia

[văk-sĭnē-ə]
n.
  1. cowpox
  2. An infection induced in humans by inoculation with the vaccinia virus in order to confer resistance to smallpox; it is usually limited to the site of inoculation.primary reaction
Related formsvac•cini•al adj.
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