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 Further inoculation against the potentially negative effects of yelling comes from the fact that our kids get to yell, too. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Yes, it is OK to yell at your kids, if done the right way," 24 Sep. 2019 Literature is neither contagion of nor inoculation against trauma. Kate Mcquade, Time, "What I've Learned From Teaching the 'Snowflake Generation' About Trauma," 22 Aug. 2019 Others experimented with encouraging rich biodiversity in their truffle woods, or testing different inoculation techniques, or more. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Europe’s precious truffles are struggling to survive intensifying droughts," 11 July 2019 This question pops up mostly around vaccines that are recommended when a child hits a year old, Dr. Ratner says, like the MMR inoculation. Anna Borges, SELF, "10 Common Questions You Might Have About Vaccinating Your Kids," 26 Aug. 2019 The inoculation appeared to be equipping them with a general skepticism that seems to escape traditional education. David Robson, CNN, "How to be a human lie detector of fake news, according to the latest science," 16 Sep. 2019 Maria Filippelli, a public interest technology census fellow at New America, a Washington think tank, said the best inoculation strategy is pushing out accurate information. Bill Lambrecht,, "Advocates push Census Bureau to prepare for security breaches, disinformation ahead of 2020 count," 30 Aug. 2019 This, despite the fact that doctors and public health officials are urging that inoculations be made. Leonard Pitts Jr - Miami Herald, The Mercury News, "Pitts: Does withholding flu shots to detained migrant families constitute evil?," 28 Aug. 2019 The Facebook group Info Vaccins France, for example, has a series of testimonies from parents saying their children either died or became seriously ill following routine inoculations. Alex Whiting, CNN, "How France is persuading its citizens to get vaccinated," 3 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inoculation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of inoculation

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about inoculation

Statistics for inoculation

Last Updated

19 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for inoculation

The first known use of inoculation was in 1714

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for inoculation


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


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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on inoculation

What made you want to look up inoculation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


concealed or difficult to comprehend

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • pasta resembling wheels with spokes
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!