inoculation

noun
in·​oc·​u·​la·​tion | \ i-ˌnä-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce inoculation (audio) \

Definition of inoculation

1 : the act or process or an instance of inoculating especially : the introduction of a pathogen or antigen into a living organism to stimulate the production of antibodies

Examples of inoculation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vaccine is being made available to most of those in Group 1B of the state’s inoculation plan. Liz Hardaway, ExpressNews.com, "University Health appeals for ‘patience’ as it awaits more doses of COVID vaccine," 2 Jan. 2021 The state began rolling out its mass inoculation plan two weeks ago and has since administered 47,012 vaccinations, according to Maryland Department of Health figures. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland inmate coronavirus death toll increases to 18 as questions remain over state’s vaccination schedule," 31 Dec. 2020 The Oxford-AstraZeneca shot is poised to become the world’s dominant form of inoculation. BostonGlobe.com, "UK authorizes COVID-19 vaccine from Oxford and AstraZeneca," 30 Dec. 2020 The Oxford-AstraZeneca shot is poised to become the world’s dominant form of inoculation. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "U.K. Approves Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine, and Tightens Lockdown," 30 Dec. 2020 But while different orders of distribution could have real consequences in terms of lives lost, as well as racial and economic impact of the disease, the difference wouldn't be remotely as large as, say, doubling the rate of inoculation. Noah Millman, TheWeek, "America's corrosive obsession with scarcity," 24 Dec. 2020 Recovery will be slow and is likely to track the pace of inoculation. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Are there good or bad times ahead financially?," 18 Dec. 2020 As vaccines take center stage in the fight against the coronavirus, Long Beach officials convened a news conference on Thursday to announce their inoculation plan. Los Angeles Times, "Long Beach tries to strike a balance in fighting COVID-19," 10 Dec. 2020 While prime minister Narendra Modi recently visited three Indian vaccine manufacturing plants, India’s inoculation plan for Covid-19 has still not been made public. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "The Covid-19 vaccines with the most promising chances of being used in India," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of inoculation

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Inoculation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inoculation. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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inoculation

noun
in·​oc·​u·​la·​tion | \ i-ˌnä-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce inoculation (audio) \

Kids Definition of inoculation

: an act or instance of injecting a material (as a vaccine) into to protect against or treat a disease

inoculation

noun
in·​oc·​u·​la·​tion | \ in-ˌäk-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce inoculation (audio) \

Medical Definition of inoculation

1 : the act or process or an instance of inoculating: as
a : the introduction of a microorganism into a medium suitable for its growth
b(1) : the introduction of a pathogen or antigen into a living organism to stimulate the production of antibodies
(2) : the introduction of a vaccine or serum into a living organism to confer immunity travelers in the tropics should have typhoid inoculations

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