From vaccinia, a cowpox infection. Ultimately from Latin vacca (“cow”). The term was coined by Edward Jenner (1749-1823) who infected people with weakened cowpox viruses (Vaccinia), to immunise them against smallpox. It is now known that vaccinia and cow pox are separate conditions, but at the time of Jenner, they were considered the same condition.
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- IPA(key): /ˌvæk.sɪˈneɪ.ʃən/, /ˌvæk.sɪˈneɪ.ʃn̩/
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- Hyphenation: vac‧ci‧na‧tion
vaccination (plural vaccinations)
vaccination f (plural vaccinations)
- “vaccination” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).