Adjective "vaccine" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease.
  1. 'The advent of hepatitis A virus vaccines means that protection may be provided by active immunisation.'
  2. 'The risk of a vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small.'
  3. 'Such infants should receive hepatitis B vaccine shortly after birth and complete their immunization according to a particular schedule.'
  4. 'Part of the money will be used to fund vaccines and immunisation, which will save at least 5m lives by 2015.'
  5. 'Immunisation with the influenza vaccine is recommended for asthmatic people.'
  6. 'In fact, the aim of the study was to test the toxicity and side effects of the vaccine.'
  7. 'Unlike the early influenza vaccines, today's vaccines cause few side effects.'
  8. 'Developing an effective vaccine against HIV has proven to be a difficult task.'
  9. 'They have proved that a vaccine which immunises against the disease is more likely to work in humans.'
  10. 'He had his first seizure within hours of receiving a vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.'
  11. 'A vaccine should consume fewer network resources than the virus against which it provides immunity.'
  12. 'Do you have problem with your computer vaccine when it's service period is over?'

More definitions

1. any preparation used as a preventive inoculation to confer immunity against a specific disease, usually employing an innocuous form of the disease agent, as killed or weakened bacteria or viruses, to stimulate antibody production.

2. the virus of cowpox, used in vaccination, obtained from pox vesicles of a cow or person.

3. a software program that helps to protect against computer viruses, as by detecting them and warning the user. adjective

4. of or relating to vaccination.

More examples(as adjective)

"uses can be vaccine."


Late 18th century: from Latin vaccinus, from vacca ‘cow’ (because of the early use of the cowpox virus against smallpox).