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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 inoculations
  • They thought his inoculations were demonic and called him a murderer.
  • They have protocols and checklists for bad weather, emergencies, the inoculations they must dispense.
  • The article inflates the danger from vaccinations and may scare people into not getting their inoculations.
  • We need inoculations against our own potential for evil.
  • The virus is transmitted by mechanical inoculations, but not transmitted by aphids or whiteflies.
Word Origin and History for inoculations



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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inoculations 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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inoculations 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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inoculations 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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