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
2 : inoculum

Examples of inoculation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a recent inoculation campaign, 71 percent of Germans have been fully vaccinated, a lower rate than any other large European Union country, according to the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 To understand why this has occurred—and whether widespread antigen tests are responsible—we’d need to disentangle the effect of the U.K.’s plentiful diagnostics from its high inoculation rate and ample natural immunity from past waves. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 7 Dec. 2021 Despite extensive outreach, the inoculation rate remains stubbornly low in Fresno County, in part because of widespread misinformation about the vaccine, Vohra said. Hailey Branson-potts, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2021 In addition, though China has achieved a relatively high full inoculation rate, at 75 percent of its population, questions have emerged about the efficacy of its homegrown vaccines. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Hospitalizations and deaths remain far lower than during previous surges, thanks to an inoculation campaign that has seen nearly 80% of people over 16 fully vaccinated. Fox News, 5 Sep. 2021 Last January, Israel launched the world’s most rapid and widely reaching inoculation campaign through its well organized and meticulously digitized national health-care system. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 Hospitalizations and deaths remain far lower than during previous surges, thanks to an inoculation campaign that has seen nearly 80% of people over 16 fully vaccinated. Fox News, 5 Sep. 2021 Throughout the nearly year-old inoculation campaign, officials have said it’s essential to ensure the vaccines are distributed and administered equitably. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of inoculation

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inoculation was in 1714

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“Inoculation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inoculation. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for inoculation

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
2 : inoculum

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