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variolate

 [var´e-o-lāt]
1. having the nature or appearance of smallpox.
2. to inoculate with smallpox virus.

var·i·o·late

(var'ē-ō-lāt),
1. To inoculate with smallpox.
2. Pitted or scarred, as if by smallpox.

variolate

(vâr′ē-ə-lāt′, văr′-)
adj.
Having pustules or marks like those of smallpox.
tr.v. vario·lated, vario·lating, vario·lates
To inoculate with the smallpox virus.

var·i·o·late

(var'ē-ō-lāt, -lăt)
1. To inoculate with smallpox.
2. Pitted or scarred, as if by smallpox.
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Before that innovation, those wishing to avoid the horror of smallpox had been variolated: This was a painful and dangerous process in which one underwent a deep incision on the arm.
The main differences pointed out are that vaccination, which uses cow pox, is effective 100 percent but requires refrigeration; while variolation, which used human matter, did not require refrigeration but was effective only 80-90 percent--and the variolated person was fully contagious.
Moreover, by 1770 many colonists and slaves had been variolated, making recognition of epidemic smallpox even more likely.