From New Latin, dating back to 1800–10; see origin at vaccine, -ia (Source: dictionary.com)
Early 19th century modern Latin, from Latin vaccinus (see vaccine). (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Vaccinia
a variant of the cowpox virus that became established in vaccines derived from cowpox-inoculated humans.
Pathology. an acute infection caused by inoculation with vaccinia virus as a prophylactic against smallpox, characterized by localized pustular eruptions.
a technical name for cowpox
An infection induced in humans by inoculation with the vaccinia virus in order to confer resistance to smallpox; it is usually limited to the site of inoculation.primary reaction
Cowpox, or the virus which causes it.
: a poxvirus (species Vaccinia virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus) that differs from but is closely related to the viruses causing smallpox and cowpox and that includes a strain used in making vaccines against smallpox
: a reaction to smallpox vaccine prepared from live vaccinia virus that may involve a rash, fever, headache, and body pain
Example sentences for Vaccinia
For example, vaccinia immune globulin, or VIG, is stored and ready for the next person who becomes ill from smallpox vaccine.
By vaccinating a person we inoculate him with vaccinia or cowpox.
The view that vaccinia is attenuated variola is well known, and has been extensively adopted by English physicians.