variolization


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variolation, variolization

inoculation against smallpox.
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Noun1.variolization - the obsolete process of inoculating a susceptible person with material taken from a vesicle of a person who has smallpox
inoculating, vaccinating - the act of protecting against disease by introducing a vaccine into the body to induce immunity; "doctors examined the recruits but nurses did the inoculating"
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Smallpox virus was used in vaccines when it was discovered that cutaneous exposure to dried smallpox lesions caused a milder smallpox infection in these people (this process was called variolization and unfortunately led to disease and death in addition to immunologic protection).