inoculation

noun

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

Examples of inoculation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Social media posts decried the quality of face masks, test kits and the first vaccine that would become available in the Philippines – China’s Sinovac inoculation. Chris Bing and Joel Shectman, USA TODAY, 14 June 2024 Additionally, Fischer proposes prescribed burning as an inoculation. The Editors, JSTOR Daily, 22 May 2024 In 1954, the first mass inoculation of schoolchildren against polio using the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh as some 5,000 students were vaccinated. Lorenzino Estrada, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024 Now, with four years of inoculations and infections, the general population has a wide range of vulnerabilities. Lisa Krieger, The Denver Post, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for inoculation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inoculation was in 1714

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Cite this Entry

“Inoculation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inoculation. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

inoculation

noun
in·​oc·​u·​la·​tion in-ˌäk-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce inoculation (audio)
1
: the act or an instance of inoculating
2
: material used in inoculating

Medical Definition

inoculation

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

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