Autoinoculation is a procedure in which cells are removed from the body, treated or medically changed, and then placed back into the body. It is done to help prevent an immune reaction or to help diagnose a medical condition or illness.
Autoinoculation can also refer to the movement of microorganisms from one part of the body to another.
Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary. www.merriam-webster.com/medical. Accessed July 26, 2018.
Autoinoculation - illustration
Injection of some of the body's cells back into the body is called autoinoculation. Using one's own cells helps prevent or reduce antibody formation.
Review Date: 6/28/2018
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.