from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See cowpox.
- n. The usually mild, cutaneous and sometimes systemic reaction in individuals who have been inoculated with smallpox vaccine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An infection of cowpox; or the virus which causes this infection
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Cowpox; vaccina. See cowpox.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A specific eruptive disease occurring in cattle, especially in milch cows.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a viral disease of cattle causing a mild skin disease affecting the udder; formerly used to inoculate humans against smallpox
- n. a local infection induced in humans by inoculation with the virus causing cowpox in order to confer resistance to smallpox; normally lasts three weeks and leaves a pitted scar
New Latin vaccīnia, from Latin vaccīnus, of cows; see vaccine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name Vaccinia (Wiktionary)