The act, art, or practice of vaccinating, or inoculating with the cowpox, in order to prevent or mitigate an attack of smallpox. Confer Inoculation.Note: In recent use, vaccination sometimes includes inoculation with any virus as a preventive measure; as, vaccination of cholera.
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From Latin vacca (“cow”). The term was coined by Edward Jenner (1749-1823) who infected people with weakened cowpox viruses, to immunise them against the disease.
vaccination (uncountable) Inoculation with a vaccine, in order to protect from a particular disease or strain of disease
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