Definition of cowpox in English:

cowpox

noun

  • [mass noun] A viral disease of cows' udders which, when contracted by humans through contact, resembles mild smallpox, and was the basis of the first smallpox vaccines.

    • ‘He showed that cowpox vaccination prevented smallpox in a child deliberately exposed to the disease.’
    • ‘And it should be noted, no one has given the cowpox to anyone else, either.’
    • ‘The process induced cowpox, a mild viral disease that conferred immunity to smallpox.’
    • ‘At the end of the 1700s, Jenner realized that people who had contracted cowpox, or ‘vaccinia,’ didn't get smallpox.’
    • ‘In 1796, Jenner began to infect people first with the far more benign cowpox and then with smallpox.’
    • ‘Vaccination of smallpox started in the late 18th century with Jenner's cowpox vaccine.’
    • ‘Having been inoculated with cowpox, Phipps was now immune to smallpox.’
    • ‘Specialists have sought to mimic the response by devising a vaccine containing HIV virus tucked inside a disabled cowpox virus.’
    • ‘Injecting yourself with a cowpox vaccine or medicine made of mould must once have seemed very alternative.’
    • ‘He used the mild disease cowpox to confer immunity for the potentially fatal but biochemically similar smallpox.’
    • ‘It is a weakened form of cowpox that is used to make the vaccine.’
    • ‘The cowpox virus, which infects a range of animals including humans, has been genetically altered in a similar way.’
    • ‘Other viruses in this group that can cause infection in humans include variola, vaccinia (used in smallpox vaccine), and cowpox viruses.’
    • ‘A spouse and child came down with a mild case of cowpox.’
    • ‘He noticed that milkmaids who had recovered from cowpox were resistant to contracting small pox.’
    • ‘There's also a review of past cases of transmission of cowpox from the vaccinated to the unvaccinated.’
    • ‘You are always pretty certain to get cowpox; likewise your nails fester.’
    • ‘Unlike vaccination, which utilised the cowpox virus, inoculation involved the deliberate infection of a susceptible individual.’
    • ‘Here's an electron microscope image of a herpes virus and here's the cowpox virus.’
    • ‘Jim had only slept that late once, the week and a half when he had gotten the cowpox.’

Pronunciation:

cowpox

/ˈkaʊpɒks/