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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

BCG vaccine(n.)

  1. a vaccine made from weakened strains of tubercle bacilli, used to produce immunity against tuberculosis.

    Category: Immunology

Origin of BCG vaccine:

1925–30; B(acillus)C(almette)-G(uérin)

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  1. BCG Vaccine

    A vaccine containing bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), an attenuated strain of Mycobacterium bovis, with non-specific immunoadjuvant and immunotherapeutic activities. Although the mechanism of its anti-tumor activity is unclear, immunization with BCG vaccine likely activates a Th1 cytokine response that includes the induction of interferon. Vaccination with BCG vaccine may be immunoprotective against infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. BCG Vaccine

    An active immunizing agent and a viable avirulent attenuated strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, var. bovis, which confers immunity to mycobacterial infections. It is used also in immunotherapy of neoplasms due to its stimulation of antibodies and non-specific immunity.

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