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[aw-toh-i-nok-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌɔ toʊ ɪˌnɒk yəˈleɪ ʃən/
inoculation of a healthy part with an infective agent from a diseased part of the same body.
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[aw-toh-i-nok-yuh-luh-buh l] /ˌɔ toʊ ɪˈnɒk yə lə bəl/ (Show IPA),
autoinoculability, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for autoinoculation
  • Transfer, or autoinoculation, of vaccinia from the vaccination site is called inadvertent autoinoculation.
  • If you do get chancroid, avoid contact with the infected area to prevent chance of autoinoculation.
  • Surgical mask or respirator use may provide an additional benefit by discouraging facial contact and subsequent autoinoculation.
  • Infection occurs through direct contact or through contamination of hands followed by autoinoculation.
British Dictionary definitions for autoinoculation


the inoculation of microorganisms (esp viruses) from one part of the body into another, usually in the form of a vaccine
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autoinoculation in Medicine

autoinoculation au·to·in·oc·u·la·tion (ô'tō-ĭ-nŏk'yə-lā'shən)
A secondary infection originating from the site of an infection already present in the body.

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