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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inoculation  \In*oc"u*la"tion\,  n.  [L.  inoculatio:  cf  F. 
  inoculation.] 
  1.  The  act  or  art  of  inoculating  trees  or  plants. 
 
  2.  (Med.)  The  act  or  practice  of  communicating  a  disease  to  a 
  person  in  health,  by  inserting  contagious  matter  in  his 
  skin  or  flesh. 
 
  Note:  The  use  was  formerly  limited  to  the  intentional 
  communication  of  the  smallpox,  but  is  now  extended  to 
  include  any  similar  introduction  of  modified  virus;  as 
  the  inoculation  of  rabies  by  Pasteur. 
 
  3.  Fig.:  The  communication  of  principles,  especially  false 
  principles,  to  the  mind. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inoculation 
  n  :  taking  a  vaccine  as  a  precaution  against  contracting  a 
  disease  [syn:  {vaccination}] 




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