- Introduction into the body of the causative organism of a disease. Also sometimes used, incorrectly, to mean immunization with any type of vaccine.- stress i. in clinical psychology, an approach intended to provide patients with cognitive and attitudinal skills that they can use to cope with stress.
* * *in·oc·u·la·tion in-.äk-yə-'lā-shən n1) the act or process or an instance of inoculating: asa) the introduction of a microorganism into a medium suitable for its growthb ) (1) the introduction of a pathogen or antigen into a living organism to stimulate the production of antibodies (2) the introduction of a vaccine or serum into a living organism to confer immunity <travelers in the tropics should have typhoid \inoculations>2) INOCULUM
* * *n.the introduction of a small quantity of material, such as a vaccine, in the process of immunization: a more general name for vaccination.
* * *in·oc·u·la·tion (ĭ-nok″u-laґshən) the process of inoculating something.
Medical dictionary. 2011.