immunization

[im-yuh-nuh-zey-shuhn, ih-myoo-]
noun
1.
the fact or process of becoming immune, as against a disease.
2.
Finance. a method of protection against fluctuating bond interest rates by investing in securities having different yields and terms.

Origin:
1890–95; immunize + -ation

hyperimmunization, noun
nonimmunization, noun
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immunize or immunise (ˈɪmjʊˌnaɪz)
 
vb
to make immune, esp by inoculation
 
immunise or immunise
 
vb
 
immuni'zation or immunise
 
n
 
immuni'sation or immunise
 
n
 
'immunizer or immunise
 
n
 
'immuniser or immunise
 
n

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immunization   (ĭm'yə-nĭ-zā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The process of inducing immunity to an infectious organism or agent in an individual or animal through vaccination.

  2. A vaccination that induces immunity. A recommended schedule of immunizations for infants and young children includes vaccines against diphtheria, polio, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella.


immunize verb
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immunization definition


The process of inducing immunity, usually through inoculation or vaccination.

Note: Frequently, schoolchildren are required by state law to be immunized against certain diseases. Because of such widespread immunization, many diseases that used to be fairly common, including smallpox, tetanus, and whooping cough, have become rare.
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immunization

process by which resistance to disease is acquired or induced in plants and animals. This discussion focuses on immunization against infectious diseases in vertebrate animals, specifically humans.

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Example sentences
Polio is found worldwide, but immunization has reduced the incidence.
Across the world, immunization rates continue to rise.
The implications for immunization efforts are serious.
Society has an obligation to preserve herd immunity, and to insist that
  immunization be universal.
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