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[ih-nok-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ɪˌnɒk yəˈleɪ ʃən/
the act or process of inoculating.
an instance of inoculating.
Origin of inoculation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin inoculātiōn- (stem of inoculātiō) an engrafting. See inoculate, -ion
Related forms
noninoculation, noun
postinoculation, adjective
reinoculation, noun
self-inoculation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inoculation
  • Another case of illness following inoculation with typhoid fever vaccine became known yesterday.
  • Animal-welfare groups argue that a better way to prevent rabies would be to enforce inoculation of animals against the disease.
  • One of the myths about inoculation was that it did not produce a true smallpox in the patient but a spurious case of chicken pox.
  • For some older firms and even some newcomers, these deals proved the perfect inoculation against an indifferent stock market.
  • The concept has applications for dealing with political propaganda and is known as inoculation theory.
  • It is put on the inoculation lance which is used to make long, shallow cuts on the belly of a calf.
  • After the inoculation of tuberculous patients the temperature would rise in from two to twenty-eight hours.
  • The exhibit is used as an inoculation against the virus.
  • Anonymous serves as an inoculation to their tactics.
  • We are piqued with pure descent, but nature loves inoculation.
Word Origin and History for inoculation

mid-15c. in horticulture; 1714 in pathology, from Latin inoculationem (nominative inoculatio) "an engrafting, budding," noun of action from past participle stem of inoculare (see inoculate).

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inoculation in Medicine

inoculation in·oc·u·la·tion (ĭ-nŏk'yə-lā'shən)
The act or an instance of inoculating, especially the introduction of an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.

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inoculation in Science
  1. The introduction of a serum, a vaccine, or an antigenic substance into the body of a person or an animal, especially as a means to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease.

  2. The introduction of a microorganism or an agent of disease into an host organism or a growth medium.

inoculate verb
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inoculation in Culture
inoculation [(i-nok-yuh-lay-shuhn)]

The introduction of an antigen into the body, usually by injection, in order to stimulate the production of antibodies to produce immunity to an infectious disease. (See immunization.)

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