Inoculation vs Medicine - What's the difference?

inoculation | medicine |


As nouns the difference between inoculation and medicine

is that inoculation is (immunology) the introduction of an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease while medicine is a substance which specifically promotes healing when ingested or consumed in some way.

As a verb medicine is

(rare|obsolete) to treat with medicine.

inoculation

Noun

(en noun)
  • (immunology) The introduction of an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.
  • (microbiology) The introduction of a microorganism into a culture medium.
  • An inoculum, what is inoculated
  • See also

    * immunisation * vaccination

    medicine

    Alternative forms

    * medicin (obsolete)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A substance which specifically promotes healing when ingested or consumed in some way.
  • A treatment or cure.
  • The study of the cause, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease or illness.
  • The profession of physicians, surgeons and related specialisms; those who practice medicine.
  • Ritual Native American magic used (notably by a medicine man) to promote a desired outcome in healing, hunting, warfare etc.
  • (obsolete) black magic, superstition.
  • (obsolete) A philtre or love potion.
  • * 1597 , , II. ii. 18:
  • If the rascal have not given me medicines' to make me love him, I'll be hanged. It could not be else. I have drunk ' medicines .
  • (obsolete) A physician.
  • * 1598 , , II. i. 72:
  • I have seen a medicine
    That's able to breathe life into a stone

    Synonyms

    * (treatment) regimen, course, program, prescription * (substance) drug, prescription, pharmaceutical, elixir * See also * See also

    Derived terms

    * Ayurvedic medicine * clinical medicine * Edison's medicine * energy medicine * evidence-based medicine * folk medicine * forced medicine * indigenous medicine * medicinal * medicine ball * medicine dance * medicine man * medicine show * organized medicine * take one's medicine * taste of one's own medicine * traditional medicine

    Verb

    (medicin)
  • (rare, obsolete) To treat with medicine.
  • *
  • See also

    * therapy * panacea

    References

    * Prescription Desk Reference, Prescription Drug Information: * * " medicine" in the Merriam-Webster On-line dictionary * " medicine" in the Hutchinson Encyclopaedia , Helicon Publishing LTD 2007. * * 1000 English basic words ----