American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of inoculating, especially the introduction of an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.
- n. Informal A preemptive advertising tactic in which one party attempts to foresee and neutralize potentially damaging criticism from another party by being the first to confront troublesome issues.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or practice of grafting by budding.
- n. 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 It was superseded about 1800 by the milder and more successful practice of inoculating with vaccine virus.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
- n. Vaccination against disease, as against smallpox, anthrax, rinderpest, and to some extent against typhoid fever, plague, dysentery, etc.
- n. immunology The introduction of an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.
- n. microbiology The introduction of a microorganism into a culture medium.
- n. An inoculum, what is inoculated
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or art of inoculating trees or plants.
- n. (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.
- n. Fig.: The communication of principles, especially false principles, to the mind.
- n. (Microbiology) The introduction of microorganisms into a growth medium, to cause the growth and multiplication of the microorganisms.
- n. taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease
“In my part of London, we have live smallpox measles and TB scares on a regular basis, because so many parents have been convinced that inoculation is bad for kids that they won't get them their jabs.”
“In her poem, inoculation is performed by Oberon who gathers all kinds of magical ingredients to ease her daughter Marias recovery.”
“At the same time an inoculation from the charge of â€œthese extremist GOP craziesâ€ may help prevent a total GOP bleed out for 2006.”
“This type of intervention is called inoculation because it may be analogous to the process whereby antibodies are induced in response to injections of mildly virulant toxins.”
“When however the same inoculation is carried out on a rabbit or a guinea-pig that has been previously vaccinated against anthrax, a very different picture results.”
“We will see that the serum for inoculation comes from the right part; and not until every microbe of German kultur is eradicated from his blood will we touch, handle, or have any dealings with the Hun.”
“The act of supplying the young plants with these is called inoculation, and may be done in the following ways:”
“But that the reader may be able to judge whether the English or those who differ from them in opinion are in the right, here follows the history of the famed inoculation, which is mentioned with so much dread in France.”
“Turks in Constantinople and Smyrna succeeded in inoculating patients against smallpox, he led a public campaign to do the same in Boston (a campaign for which he was much vilified by those who called inoculation the "work of the Devil," merely because of its Islamic origin).”
“John McCain has said he'll be taking a tougher line against Barack Obama and his associates, and reporter Scott Shane's front-page piece in Saturday's New York Times on the "sporadic" ties between Obama and William Ayers, a founder of the 1960s domestic terrorist group Weather Underground, serves as a 2,100-word inoculation, a long investigative piece that does little in the way of actual investigating, providing the appearance of due diligence while exonerating Obama.”
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