[ vak-sin-ee-uh ]
/ vækˈsɪn i ə /
a variant of the cowpox virus that became established in vaccines derived from cowpox-inoculated humans.
Pathology. an acute infection caused by inoculation with vaccinia virus as a prophylactic against smallpox, characterized by localized pustular eruptions.
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Origin of vaccinia
From New Latin, dating back to 1800–10; see origin at vaccine
OTHER WORDS FROM vacciniavac·cin·i·al, adjective
Words nearby vaccinia
, vaccine lymph
, vaccinia virus
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Example sentences from the Web for vaccinia
a technical name for cowpox
Derived forms of vacciniavaccinial, adjective
Word Origin for vaccinia
C19: New Latin, from Latin vaccīnus of cows
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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
Other words from vacciniavac•cin′i•al adj.
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