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vaccination

[vak-suh-ney-shuh n] /ˌvæk səˈneɪ ʃən/
noun, Medicine/Medical
1.
the act or practice of vaccinating; inoculation with vaccine.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; vaccine (adj.) + -ation
Related forms
antivaccination, adjective
nonvaccination, noun
postvaccination, adjective
prevaccination, noun
provaccination, adjective
revaccination, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-vaccination

vaccination

/ˌvæksɪˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of vaccinating
2.
the scar left following inoculation with a vaccine
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Word Origin and History for anti-vaccination

vaccination

n.

1803, used by British physician Edward Jenner (1749-1823) for the technique he devised of preventing smallpox by injecting people with the cowpox virus (variolae vaccinae), from vaccine (adj.) "pertaining to cows, from cows" (1798), from Latin vaccinus "from cows," from vacca "cow" (bos being originally "ox," "a loan word from a rural dialect" according to Buck, who cites Umbrian bue). "The use of the term for diseases other than smallpox is due to Pasteur" [OED].

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anti-vaccination in Medicine

vaccination vac·ci·na·tion (vāk'sə-nā'shən)
n.

  1. Inoculation with a vaccine in order to protect against a particular disease.

  2. A scar left on the skin by vaccinating.

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anti-vaccination in Science
vaccination
  (vāk'sə-nā'shən)   
  1. Inoculation with a vaccine in order to protect against a particular disease.

  2. A scar left on the skin by vaccinating.


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anti-vaccination in Culture
vaccination [(vak-suh-nay-shuhn)]

Inoculation with a vaccine to produce immunity to a particular infectious disease.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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