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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inoculation, vaccination(noun)

    taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease


  1. Inoculation(n.)

    (Microbiology) The introduction of microorganisms into a growth medium, to cause the growth and multiplication of the microorganisms.

  2. Inoculation(n.)

    (Med.) The act or practice of communicating a disease to a person in health, by inserting contagious matter in his skin or flesh, usually for the purpose of inducing immunity to the disease.

  3. Origin: [L. inoculatio: cf. F. inoculation.]


  1. inoculation(Noun)

    The introduction of an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.

  2. inoculation(Noun)

    The introduction of a microorganism into a culture medium.

  3. inoculation(Noun)

    An inoculum, what is inoculated

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inoculation(noun)

    the act or art of inoculating trees or plants

  2. Inoculation(noun)

    the act or practice of communicating a disease to a person in health, by inserting contagious matter in his skin or flesh

  3. Inoculation(noun)

    fig.: The communication of principles, especially false principles, to the mind

  4. Origin: [L. inoculatio: cf. F. inoculation.]


  1. Inoculation

    Inoculation is the placement of something that will grow or reproduce, and is most commonly used in respect of the introduction of a serum, vaccine, or antigenic substance into the body of a human or animal, especially to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease. It can also be used to refer to the communication of a disease to a living organism by transferring its causative agent into the organism, the implanting of microorganisms or infectious material into a culture medium such as a brewers vat or a petri dish, or the placement of microorganisms or viruses at a site where infection is possible. The verb to inoculate is from Middle English inoculaten, which meant "to graft a scion"; which in turn is from Latin inoculare, past participle inoculat-. This article covers variolation, inoculation as a method of purposefully infecting a person with smallpox in a controlled manner so as to minimise the severity of the infection and also to induce immunity against further infection. See vaccination for post-variolation methods of safeguarding as if by inoculation by administering weakened or dead pathogens to a healthy person or animal with the intent of conferring immunity against a targeted form of a related disease agent.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Inoculation

    is the introduction of disease germs into the system, usually by puncture of the skin or hypodermic injection; many diseases so introduced assume a mild form, and render the subject not liable to the severe form. Inoculation for smallpox, the virus being taken from actual smallpox pustules, was practised by the ancient Brahmans and by the Chinese 600 years before Christ, and its practice continued in the East. It was introduced to this country from Turkey in 1717, and extensively practised until superseded by Jenner's discovery of vaccination at the end of the century, and finally prohibited by law in 1840. Inoculation has been found successful in the prevention of other diseases, notably anthrax, hydrophobia, and recently malaria.

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