• WordNet 3.6
    • n inoculation taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inoculation Fig.: The communication of principles, especially false principles, to the mind.
    • Inoculation The act or art of inoculating trees or plants.
    • Inoculation (Med) The act or practice of communicating a disease to a person in health, by inserting contagious matter in his skin or flesh, usually for the purpose of inducing immunity to the disease.
    • Inoculation (Microbiology) The introduction of microorganisms into a growth medium, to cause the growth and multiplication of the microorganisms.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inoculation The act or practice of grafting by budding.
    • n inoculation Hence The ingrafting of any minute germ in a soil where it will grow; especially, the act or practice of communicating disease by introducing through puncture infectious matter into the tissues; the introduction of a specific animal poison into the tissues by puncture or through contact with a wounded surface; specifically, in medicine, the direct insertion of the virus of smallpox in order, by the production of a mitigated form of it, to prevent a more severe attack of the disease in the natural way. The operation was introduced into Europe from the East by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and was first performed in London in 1721. It was superseded about 1800 by the milder and more successful practice of inoculating with vaccine virus. See vaccination.
    • n inoculation Vaccination against disease, as against smallpox, anthrax, rinderpest, and to some extent against typhoid fever, plague, dysentery, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inoculation act or practice of inoculating: insertion of the buds of one plant into another: the communication of disease to a healthy subject by the introduction of a specific germ or animal poison into his system by puncture or otherwise
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  • Leslie Weatherhead
    Leslie Weatherhead
    “The trouble with some of us is that we have been inoculated with small doses of Christianity which keep us from catching the real thing.”
  • Alexander Cockburn
    Alexander Cockburn
    “A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inoculatio,: cf. F. inoculation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inoculāre, -ātumin, into, oculus, an eye.


In literature:

An action was started against inoculation, and parties have been subpoenaed.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
To avoid the return of the same evil, the General determined to inoculate all the soldiers in the American service.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 2 (of 5)" by John Marshall
These we call inoculators.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
In encouraging him to persevere Clara had in some sort inoculated him with a new enthusiasm.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
Inoculation is still less to be tolerated at this stage of the pest.
"Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879" by Various
My second inoculation passed off very quickly, and I have not been off duty for it.
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous
He was not yet inoculated with the poison of easy wealth.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
But of course the most conclusive test is by inoculation with the fungus in question.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
You were inoculated before you left home?
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
They should inoculate for it.
"John Bull" by George Colman
I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation.
"Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" by Benjamin Franklin
Before we left rest camp all ranks underwent two inoculations against cholera.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
Their contact with the world has inoculated them with the world's contagion.
"Quacks and Grafters" by Unknown
He surmounted the prejudices of his age in defending inoculation, but not with regard to witchcraft and some other matters.
"The Last Words of Distinguished Men and Women" by Frederic Rowland Marvin
Small-pox was raging in the city, but Franklin could not bear to put his precious one in the slightest peril by inoculation.
"Famous American Statesmen" by Sarah Knowles Bolton
The only certain Method of surmounting all the Danger of this Malady, is to inoculate.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
In 1781, when Marshall was twenty-five years old, he walked from Virginia to Philadelphia, to be inoculated for smallpox.
"Historic Shrines of America" by John T. (John Thomson) Faris
Inoculation and vaccination were deemed impious attempts to interfere with the decrees of Providence.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
The term inoculated cow-pox implies that the affection has been produced by intentional inoculation.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various

In news:

A new alfalfa inoculant that could help dairy and beef producers reduce the amount of high-priced grain in their rations has been introduced by Pioneer Hi- Bred International.
It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while, we'll get a call to look at soybeans exhibiting poor nodulation, despite proper inoculation before planting by the producer.
A bioactivator or inoculant product is necessary to start the composting process.
President Gerald Ford is inoculated on Oct 14, 1976 as part of the "Roll Up Your Sleeves, America" campaign following an outbreak of swine flu in Fort Dix , N.J. That left a young recruit dead.
"Hyper-realistic" training provides stress inoculation, exposure to tactical medicine.
The Army's got a one-two punch to perfect vaccinations and offer scientists the ability to quickly develop inoculations that stave off new dangers.
An Inoculation for Wall Street Outrage Fatigue .
Charles Lefevre (left) walks with grower Simon Cartwright in an orchard of English oak and filbert trees that have been inoculated with varieties of truffles.
Take the word of medical experts and get inoculated.
What would Ben Franklin say about individuals who decline inoculation.
State health officials say more Washingtonians are receiving inoculation against pertussis , also known as whooping cough.
You take them home and you amend and you inoculate and you take off their lower leaves and plant them extra deep like you've been told.
DETROIT — Somewhere there is a vial of secret serum that inoculates ballplayers against the pressures of the playoffs.
Gruesomely cool was the inoculation of the Adams family against smallpox.
They also inoculated themselves against a very tough map in 2014.

In science:

The cavity was then fired in a vacuum furnace for 10 hours at 600◦C to inoculate it against the “ Q disease.” The pressure in the furnace was ≤ 10−6 torr during the heat treatment.
Status Report on Multi-Cell Superconducting Cavity Development for Medium-Velocity Beams
Virus inoculation is a related example where a star network is desirable since only the center needs to be inoculated in order to prevent spread of the virus to other parts of the network, thus reducing the cost of inoculation.
Sufficient Conditions for Formation of a Network Topology by Self-interested Agents