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variolation

Definition:

the obsolete process of inoculating a susceptible person with material taken from a vesicle of a person who has smallpox

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

variolations

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

variolisation [British spelling] | variolization [American/Canadian spelling]

Etymology:

from variola
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Inoculation

the placement of something that will grow or reproduce, and is most commonly used in respect of the introduction of a serum, vaccine, or antigenic substance into the body of a human or animal, especially to produce or boost immunity to a specific... (43 of 2816 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Inoculation

Collins Dictionary:

variolation | variolization | variolisation | variolate

[medicine, obsolete] inoculation with the smallpox virus | [transitive] to inoculate with the smallpox virus | marked or pitted with or as if with the ... (23 of 236 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/variolation

Britannica Encyclopedia:

variolation [medicine]

obsolete method of immunizing patients against smallpox by infecting them with substance from the pustules of patients with a mild form of the ... (23 of 148 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/623482​/variolation

Wiktionary:

variolation [historical] | variolations [plural]

The inoculation of a person with smallpox so as to induce a mild form of the illness and subsequent immunity to it. (22 of 24 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/variolation

Merriam-Webster:

inoculate | inoculated [past tense] | inoculating [present participle] | endue [synonym, sense-specific] | imbue [synonym, sense-specific] | inculcate [synonym, sense-specific] | ingrain [synonym, sense-specific] | infuse [synonym, sense-specific] | invest [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to introduce a microorganism into ; to introduce (as a microorganism) into ... | to introduce something into the mind of | to protect as if by ... (25 of 191 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/inoculate

American Heritage Dictionary:

inoculate | inoculated [past tense] | inoculating [present participle] | inoculates [3rd-person singular present] | inoculative [adjective, related] | inoculator [noun, related]

To introduce a serum, vaccine, or antigenic substance into (the body of a ... | To communicate a disease to (a living organism) by transferring its ... (25 of 106 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/inoculate

New World Dictionary:

inoculate | inoculated [past tense] | inoculating [present participle] | inoculative [adjective, related] | inoculator [noun, related]

to inject a serum, vaccine, etc. into (a living organism), especially in order to create immunity ; to communicate (a disease) in this way | to put or ... (27 of 88 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/inoculate

Random House Dictionary:

inoculate | inoculated [past tense] | inoculating [present participle]

to implant (a disease agent or antigen) in a person, animal, or plant to produce a disease for study or to stimulate disease resistance. | to affect ... (26 of 82 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/inoculate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

inoculate [transitive, medical] | inoculation [singular] | inoculations [plural] | inoculated [past tense] | inoculating [present participle] | inoculates [3rd-person singular present]

to protect someone against a particular disease by injecting a medicine containing a small amount of the disease into them, so that their body becomes ... (25 of 74 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/inoculate

Encarta Dictionary:

variolate | variolated [past tense] | variolating [present participle] | variolates [3rd-person singular present] | variolation [noun, derived]

with a pitted or scarred appearance, like the skin of somebody who has had smallpox | to inoculate somebody with the smallpox virus (dated) (23 of 64 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861732300​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

variolation | variolization | variolisation | variolate

First use: 18th century

Origin: from variola

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/variolation

Wiktionary:

variolation [historical] | variolations [plural]

Origin: Compare variola, -ation.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/variolation

variola [pathology]

Origin: Medieval Latin or Medical Latin variola, from Latin varius.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/variola

-ation

Origin: the Latin suffix -ātiō, an alternative form of -tiō (from whence -tion).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ation

variolization [medicine, obsolete]

Origin: variola + -ization

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/variolization

-ization | -isation [British]

Origin: -ize + -ation.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ization

Audio reference

the Free Dictionary:

variolation

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "variolation"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "variolation"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/variolation

variolization

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "variolization"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "variolization"

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