[vair-ee-uh-leyt, -lit]

adjective Pathology.

resembling smallpox, as a lesion.

Origin of variolate

First recorded in 1785–95; variol(a) + -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for variolate



(tr) to inoculate with the smallpox virus


marked or pitted with or as if with the scars of smallpox
Derived Formsvariolation, variolization or variolisation, noun

Word Origin for variolate

C18: from variola
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Medicine definitions for variolate




Having pustules or pitted scars like those of smallpox.


To inoculate with smallpox virus.
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