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inoculate

verb [T] uk   /ɪˈnɒk.jʊ.leɪt/ us    /-ˈnɑː.kjə-/
to give a weak form of a disease to a person or animal, usually by injection, as a protection against that disease: My children have been inoculated against polio.Immunology and vaccination
inoculation
noun [C or U] uk   /ɪˌnɒk.jʊˈleɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ˌnɑː.kjə-/
Immunology and vaccination
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