Pasteurism

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pasteurism (ˈpæstəˌrɪzəm, -stjə-, ˈpɑː-)
 
n
1.  a method of securing immunity from rabies in a person who has been bitten by a rabid animal, by daily injections of progressively more virulent suspensions of the infected spinal cord of a rabbit that died of rabies
2.  a similar method of treating patients with other viral infections by the serial injection of progressively more virulent suspensions of the causative virus

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