inoculation

noun
in·oc·u·la·tion | \i-ˌnä-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

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

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After a measles outbreak that originated in Disneyland, California passed a tough inoculation law in 2015. Soumya Karlamangla, latimes.com, "Leading vaccine skeptic Dr. Bob Sears put on probation by California medical board," 29 June 2018 Beppe Grillo, a comedian who was a founder of the Five Star Movement, argued in his comedy shows several years ago that vaccines should not be compulsory and that the inoculation of viruses can be dangerous. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, "Proof of Children’s Vaccinations? Italy Will Now Take Parents’ Word for It," 5 July 2018 As the physician who quickly became the coordinator of the World Health Organization’s efforts to roll out an experimental anti-Ebola inoculation in the DRC, he was needed on the ground. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "How Ebola Vaccines Have Helped to Usher In a New Era in the Outbreak Response," 23 June 2018 The world’s first countywide inoculation against poliomyelitis was carried out in San Diego County. sandiegouniontribune.com, "April 17, 1955: S.D. MAKES WORLD POLIO HISTORY," 17 Apr. 2018 Smallpox inoculation had been well-established in the United States by the late 19th century, but occasional outbreaks continued. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "Winter weather helped uncover a dark past on Gallops Island," 3 May 2018 About the same number looked upon the inoculations as a great experience and a treat. sandiegouniontribune.com, "April 17, 1955: S.D. MAKES WORLD POLIO HISTORY," 17 Apr. 2018 So the inoculation has already been achieved, and it’s October. Time Staff, Time, "Read the Full Transcript From James Comey's ABC Interview," 17 Apr. 2018 Another group of mice received mock inoculations with saline. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "Squeaky Clean Mice Could be Ruining Research," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inoculation

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inoculation

noun
in·oc·u·la·tion | \i-ˌnä-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

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 \

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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