English Online Dictionary. What means vaccine? What does vaccine mean?
From Latin vaccīnus, from vacca (“cow”) (because of early use of the cowpox virus against smallpox). Compare New Latin variola vaccīna, "cowpox".
- IPA(key): /vækˈsiːn/, /ˈvæk.siːn/, /ˈvæk.sɪn/, /vækˈsaɪn/
vaccine (countable and uncountable, plural vaccines)
- (immunology) A substance given to stimulate the body's production of antibodies and provide immunity against a disease without causing the disease itself in the treatment, prepared from the agent that causes the disease, or a synthetic substitute.
vaccine c (singular definite vaccinen, plural indefinite vacciner)
- “vaccine” in Den Danske Ordbog
- inflection of vacciner:
- first-person and third-person singular present indicative and subjunctive
- second-person singular imperative
vaccine f pl
- feminine plural of vaccino