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Vaccine vs. Inoculation

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Main Difference

The main difference between Vaccine and Inoculation is that the Vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease and Inoculation is a method of purposefully infecting a person with smallpox (Variola).

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  • Vaccine (noun)

    A substance given to stimulate the body's production of antibodies and provide immunity against a disease without causing the disease itself in the treatment, prepared from the agent that causes the disease, or a synthetic substitute.

  • Inoculation (noun)

    The introduction of an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.

  • Inoculation (noun)

    The introduction of a microorganism into a culture medium.

  • Inoculation (noun)

    An inoculum, what is inoculated

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  • Vaccine (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to cows; pertaining to, derived from, or caused by, vaccinia; as, vaccine virus; the vaccine disease.

  • Vaccine (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a vaccine or vaccination.

  • Vaccine (noun)

    The virus of vaccinia used in vaccination.

  • Vaccine (noun)

    any preparation used to render an organism immune to some disease, by inducing or increasing the natural immunity mechanisms. Prior to 1995, such preparations usually contained killed organisms of the type for which immunity was desired, and sometimes used live organisms having attenuated virulence. Since that date, preparations containing only specific antigenic portions of the pathogenic organism have also been used. Some of these are prepared by genetic engineering techniques.

  • Vaccine (noun)

    A program designed to protect a computer from software viruses, by detecting and or eliminating them.

  • Inoculation (noun)

    The act or art of inoculating trees or plants.

  • Inoculation (noun)

    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 (noun)

    Fig.: The communication of principles, especially false principles, to the mind.

  • Inoculation (noun)

    The introduction of microorganisms into a growth medium, to cause the growth and multiplication of the microorganisms.

Webster Dictionary
  • Vaccine (noun)

    immunogen consisting of a suspension of weakened or dead pathogenic cells injected in order to stimulate the production of antibodies

  • Inoculation (noun)

    taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease

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