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immunize Line breaks: im¦mun|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈɪmjʊnʌɪz/
(also immunise)

Definition of immunize in English:


[with object]
Make (a person or animal) immune to infection, typically by inoculation: the vaccine is used to immunize children against measles
More example sentences
  • Stray dogs are carefully controlled, household dogs are immunised, and rabies vaccination is widely available.
  • Mice were immunized with the allergen and the response was compared with the response achieved with ovalbumin immunization.
  • Three days after UV exposure, the mice were immunized by subcutaneous injection of the antigen.
vaccinate, inoculate, inject;
informal give someone a jab, give someone a shot



Pronunciation: /ɪmjʊnʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • We recorded use of preventive health services and immunisations at the final paediatric assessments.
  • The original review included intramuscular injections or immunizations as painful procedures.
  • The other part of the schedule lists immunizations indicated and contraindicated by medical conditions.



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