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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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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Example sentences
But many diseases targeted by immunizations sure could.
Although some immunizations are required upon visiting certain locations, there
  are others that may only be recommended.
They also support health officials' decision to target high-risk populations
  for the first immunizations.
The clinical content of preconception care: immunizations as part of
  preconception care.
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