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inoculation

[ih-nok-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ɪˌnɒk yəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of inoculating.
2.
an instance of inoculating.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
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inoculation

n.

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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re inoculation in Medicine

inoculation in·oc·u·la·tion (ĭ-nŏk'yə-lā'shən)
n.
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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re inoculation in Science
inoculation
  (ĭ-nŏk'yə-lā'shən)   
  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.


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re 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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Encyclopedia Article for re inoculation

inoculation

process of producing immunity and method of vaccination that consists of introduction of the infectious agent onto an abraded or absorptive skin surface instead of inserting the substance in the tissues by means of a hollow needle, as in injection. Of the common vaccines, only smallpox vaccine is routinely inoculated. The term inoculation is also commonly used more broadly to mean any introduction of antigenic substances into the tissues. See also immunization; vaccine.

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